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Fire breaks out at Ashok Hotel, no injuries reported

The Fire Department received was called at 12.20 p.m. The fire brought under control by 3.15 p.m.

The Fire Department received was called at 12.20 p.m. The fire brought under control by 3.15 p.m.   | Photo Credit: de14 fire

At record room of Central Bank of India; no cash or valuables were damaged

A fire broke out at the record room of Central Bank of India, at The Ashok hotel in Chanakyapuri on Monday.

The Fire Department received a call regarding the incident at 12.20 p.m., after which seven to eight trucks were rushed to the spot.

A Fire Department official said that the fire was brought under control by 3.15 p.m. The officer also said while nobody sustained injuries in the incident, some furniture and documents in the room were damaged.

Short circuit

An official of the disaster management authority said that a short circuit is suspected to have caused the fire.

“We saw smoke rising from our record room around 10.30 a.m. It is where we keep our stationery and from where the cash hold is accessed,” said Arun Kumar Mishra, Chief Manager of the bank.

Employees off duty

Two employees of the bank who are normally posted at the room were said to be off duty during the incident.

“A tube light above some documents in the room burst, following which the fire broke out,” said Vinod Bharadwaj, part of disaster management authority at the local SDM’s office.

However, the police are currently investigating the matter and were not able to provide details on the same.

Damage

The water used to douse the fire is likely to have soiled some documents, Mr. Bhardwaj also said. The water had to be pumped out of the room later.

No cash or valuables were affected but the actual extent of the damage is yet to be ascertained.

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