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Blame it on delay in firefighters

Local residents in Basistha area blamed it all on the delay in the arrival of firefighters for the massive inferno that ravaged properties worth lakhs of rupees on Thursday evening.

According to allegations, despite repeated calls the first one fire fighters arrived in the spot only after 45 minutes. But by then the fire took the devastating turn and engulf as many as ten houses.

Five more fire tenders arrived 30 minutes later which needed another 15 minutes to be deployed.

“Had all the firefighters arrived in the spot within 30 minutes the situation could have been brought under control,” said a section of eye witnesses.

Some of the local residents said that the situation was brought under control only because of the rains that lashed the city for one hours.  

 Originated at a hut, the devastating inferno started spreading in the evening at the Nepalibasti area at a stone’s distance from the police station.

The explosion of at least 15 LPG cylinders aggravated the situation where more than ten fire tenders found it quite difficult to bring the situation under control.

As many as fifteen people are feared to have sustained  injury to be rushed to the GMCH for treatment.

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