Property gutted in rice mill fire

06/01/2019

Bhadrapur, June 1: Property worth over Rs 15 million was reduced to ashes in a fire broke out at Agro Rice Mill based in Bhadrapur municipality-6 in Jhapa on Saturday morning. The preliminary investigations showed electrical short-circuit from a welding machine caused the fire, police said. The rice mill, a joint venture of local traders Santosh Gupta and Rajesh Gupta, reported the blaze all of a sudden at around 9:30 am. Though, it caused no human casualty as the industry was closed at the time, it destroyed the entire machinery system, causing a huge loss, District Police Office, Jhapa’s police inspector Keshab Adhikari said. Three fire engines sent by the local governments had worked for an hour to take the fire under control with the help of police and locals. Meanwhile, a primary school based in Prangbung of Phalelung rural municipality-5 in Panchthar incurred a loss of Rs 2.2 million as the fire erupted at the teachers’ quarter due to short-circuit on Friday noon destroyed it and all the belongings there. However, a prompt move of teachers and students to take out a cooking gas cylinder from the kitchen reduced the risk of further loss. The fire was taken under control following the combined efforts sof teachers, students and locals.RSS

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