Major fire in Cuttack shopping mall, no casualty

Major fire in Cuttack shopping mall, no casualty

A massive fire broke out in a garment showroom at Palamandap near Badambadi in Cuttack on Sunday. It gradually spread to nearby shops, including a bookstall, electric shop and hotel. "Besides, fire officers from Bhubaneswar are on the spot", informed BK Sharma. As many as ten teams comprising 100 fire fighters have been pressed into service to bring the situation under control.

"The fire broke out at City Style showroom and the blaze later spread to the adjoining shops".

Massive traffic jam has been reported on the route from Badambadi to Link Road due to the fire.

Twenty fire tenders and with almost 200 fire brigade personnel from three fire stations in the city and those at Choudwar, Athagarh, Tangi and Barang were rushed to the spot.

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Six fire tenders with about 100 firefighters struggled for almost two hours to bring the inferno under control.

Director General of police, Fire services, Home Guards and Civil Defence B K Sharma has ordered a high level inquiry in to the incident. However, the mall failed to comply with the notice. They had not implemented any fire safety norms as per the guidelines. The fire safety measures undertaken by these establishments are substandard.

Chief fire officer Sukanta Sethi told The Telegraph that a thorough probe would be conducted to ascertain whether the fire had resulted from short-circuit or happened due to other causes. "The officials have been directed to investigate under which circumstances the fire broke out in the showroom", he added.

Similarly, the basement of a high-end hotel was being used for storing gas cylinders and a building approved as a recreation club is being used as a hotel.

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