Properties worth Rs 50 lakh along with some important official documents were reduced to ashes when a devastating fire broke in the office-cum-residence of Upper Assam Commissioner in Jorhat district on Sunday.
The fire broke out in the residence of the first floor of the bungalow of Iftikar Hussain at Cinamora following a shortcircuit at around 12:15 pm and soon spread to the ground floor where the office was located.
Official documents along with furniture and other valuables have been damaged in the fire though the resident staff managed to escape. The extent of damage was yet to be ascertained.
Twelve fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the blaze and more are being rushed from the nearby districts, ONGC and Indian Air Force. Jorhat Deputy Commissioner R C Jain along with senior police officials rushed to the spot.