A major fire gutted several cotton bales in the Padmaja Mill on Tuesday afternoon. Fire officials have put the loss of property at Rs.10 lakhs.

According to District Fire Officer N. Mohana Rao, the fire may be caused by a short-circuit at the wires connected to the blower.

Three fire tenders were rushed in from Guntur to control the fire.

The situation was brought under control only late in the night.

However, no one was injured.