Kathmandu- The Nepal-India relationship is also a testament to the multifaceted importance of the willingness to co-operate in each other’s crises. An open border relationship between the two countries was seen on Thursday as an example of mutual co-operation and exchange of goodwill.

When a fire broke out in the warehouse of a shoe factory in a border Nepali city, two fire brigade came from Matigadha and Naxalbari areas of West Bengal, India and put ointment on the disaster in the neighborhood.

A fire broke out at SS Footwear run by Shyam Khaitan in Mechinagar Municipality-6 Burmeli Toll on Thursday.

The fire brigade came under the coordination of Jhapa Chief District Officer Chhavilal Rijal. “The Indian fire brigade has been called in to mitigate the damage caused by the blaze,” said CEO Rijal.

The fire was brought under control only five hours after the fire brigade arrived. It took a long time to control the fire as there were rubber, chemical and other items used in making shoes in the industry. Spokesperson of the District Police Office, Deputy Superintendent of Police Basanta Pathak said that 11 fire engines were mobilized from Jhapa, Morang and India to control the fire. The Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and locals also provided significant assistance to put out the fire.

The fire caused a loss of around Rs 85 million, said Pathak, spokesperson of the District Police Office.