Chilli crop lost in Indian cold storage warehouse fire

Ankireddipalem, Guntur City, India: Huge stocks of chilli were destroyed in a fire at a cold storage warehouse in Ankireddipalem early this morning. Initial reports say an electrical fault caused the fire.

An estimated 45,000 bags of chilli were in store storage according to Mr Sarath, the Collector in-charge of the warehouse.

Sarath told The Hindu newspaper that the loss could be anywhere between US$3 and $4 (Rs 15 crore to Rs 18 crore)

Police forcibly disperse farmers, who had stored their produce in the warehouse, demonstrating for compensation for the loss of their produce.

Mr Sarath ordered a fire safety audit to be conducted by the Fire Services Department and the district officials concerned in view of the frequent fire accidents in cold storage warehouses.

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