A fire broke out on the second and third decks of under construction warship in Maharashtra’s Mazgaon. The incident reportedly took place at around 5:45 pm near the main gate of Mazgaon Dock.
According to reports, the warship is currently under construction in South Mumbai. No casualties or injuries have been reported so far. However, some reports claim that one person is suspected to be trapped inside the ship.
"Under-construction warship 'Visakhapatnam' caught fire at 5.44 pm. The blaze erupted on the second deck of the ship," said PS Rahangdale, the chief of city fire brigade.
Eight fire-fighting engines, along with quick-response vehicle, have been pressed into service to extinguish the blaze, he said.
"Fire is confined to second and third deck of the warship. Fire-fighting operation is underway along with Dockyard fire-fighters. Smoke has spread in the warship. We suspect that one person is trapped inside," Rahangdale said.
"The cause of the fire will be ascertained after a proper inquiry, but the first priority is to douse the fire with a minimum loss," another fire brigade official said.
Mazgaon Dockyard is the only facility in India having capability to build sub-marines. Visakhapatnam, the largest warship of its class, was unveiled for construction in Mazgaon Docks in April 2015. It is the first of the four stealth guided missile destroyers to be built under Project 15-B Class.
With PTI Inputs