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Inferno in Itahari guts steel industry

SUNSARI: Goods and property worth some Rs. 10 million were gutted by fire that broke out at the Jaya Ganesh Small Industry at Jhumka, Bhasi VDC-5 in Sunsari district this morning.

According to the proprietor of the industry, Bhola Prasad Rauniyar, the fire started all of a sudden at 2 a.m. today. He said his family that lived on the top floor of the mill ran out to safety after they knew that the factory was on fire and saw flames with clouds of smoke rising.

Rauniyar said he immediately informed the fire brigade about the incident.

It is stated that all the machinery and equipment at the mill including rice and cloths have been destroyed by fire. No human casualties have been reported so far. The full extent of the damage is still being assessed, according to police.

The fire has been brought under control at 6 a.m. by using fire engines brought from Itahari, Dharan and Biratnagar. Locals and personnel of the Armed Police Force and Nepal Police doused the fire.

It is said the entire Jhumka area would be at risk had the fire at the factory located in the middle of the settlement not put out in time. It has been suspected that the fire started due to a short circuit at the main switch at the mill. RSS

Published Date: Monday, June 4th, 2012 | 09:06 PM

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