Berhampur, Jan 10 (LocalWire) Properties worth lakhs were gutted in a fire that broke out at Bank of India’s (BoI) Pailipada branch in Ganjam district on Thursday morning.
Preliminary inquiry revealed at least three computers, cash counter and some files of the bank were destroyed in the fire which broke out in the general room of the small branch.
The exact amount of loss would be ascertained after arrival of the bank staff.
Fire personnel from Bhanjanagara rushed to the spot after getting a call from Gangapur police station inspector-in-charge Ramakanta Mahallick.
“At least eight fire personnel took around three hours to control the flames in the branch,” said Bhanjanagara fire station officer Jitendra Mallick.
He said an electrical short-circuit might have sparked the fire.
“No bank official was present during the incident. We entered the room by breaking the main door in presence of the police,” he added.
Sources said the flames erupted in the cash room of the bank early morning.
Local people spotted smoke emitting from the bank and informed the police.
Transaction in the bank could not take place in the last two days due to the nation-wide strike by central trade unions.