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Fire Ravages Gorewada Forest Near International Zoo: Animals Safe

In a devastating turn of events, a raging fire swept through a section of the scenic Gorewada forest (near Gorewada zoo), adjacent to the Balasaheb Thackeray Gorewada International Zoological Park in Nagpur. This catastrophic incident, unfolding over 40-50 hectares, left both flora and fauna in its destructive wake. Miraculously, the quick response of firefighters, emergency services, and foresters prevented any harm to the animals residing in the vicinity, marking a triumph amidst the chaos.

Gorewada Forest Engulfed: A Battle Against Time

Firefighting Heroes Tackle Noonday Blaze

The inferno, commencing around noon, posed a formidable challenge for the fire brigade, emergency responders, and forestry teams. Swift and strong winds fanned the flames on both sides of Katol Road, intensifying the blaze. Despite the six-hour battle, the combined efforts of these brave individuals brought the situation under control by 6.30 pm, averting potential catastrophe.

Safari Uninterrupted: A Silver Lining Amidst the Flames

Despite the turmoil, Divisional Forest Officer S Bhagat assured that the blaze did not disrupt the safari activities at the international park. This silver lining amidst the chaos showcases the resilience and efficiency of the emergency response teams in safeguarding both human and animal life.

Second Fire Hits Sadar’s Karachi Galli: Timely Extinguishing Prevents Havoc

Property Damage and a Timely Rescue Operation

Adding to the tumult, a second fire erupted in Sadar’s Karachi Galli, targeting a two-storey building owned by Sohail Ahmed Hafeez Ullakhan at 11.15 pm on Wednesday. The inferno caused damage estimated at nearly ₹20 lakh, affecting both property and valuable dress materials. Despite the intensity, the timely response of the fire brigade prevented the situation from escalating further.

Tree Fall Chaos: Firefighters Rush to Munda Deul Area

Vehicular Wreckage and Traffic Disruption

The challenges for the firefighting teams continued as they rushed to Munda Deul area in Cotton Market late Wednesday night. A tree fall wreaked havoc, damaging four 4-wheelers and disrupting vehicular traffic for several hours. Acting swiftly, the fire officials ensured that no injuries were reported during this unexpected incident.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What caused the fire in Gorewada forest?
    • The exact cause of the fire remains uncertain, but authorities are investigating the incident thoroughly.
  2. Were any animals harmed during the fire?
    • Fortunately, due to prompt actions by firefighting teams, no animals in the vicinity suffered burns.
  3. How long did it take to control the Gorewada forest fire?
    • The firefighting efforts successfully brought the inferno under control within six hours.
  4. What was the estimated property damage in Sadar’s Karachi Galli fire?
    • The second fire resulted in property and dress material damage estimated at nearly ₹20 lakh.
  5. Were there any injuries during the tree fall incident in Munda Deul area?
    • No injuries were reported in the vehicular wreckage caused by the fallen tree.
  6. Is the Balasaheb Thackeray Gorewada International Zoological Park operational after the fire?
    • Yes, the international park remains operational, and the safari activities continue uninterrupted.

In the face of adversity, the coordinated efforts of firefighting heroes, emergency services, and foresters ensured the safety of animals and human life during the Gorewada forest fire. This incident serves as a testament to the resilience of communities and the importance of prompt action in times of crisis. As the investigation into the cause continues, the spirit of unity and effective emergency response stands tall, promising a swift recovery for the affected areas.

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