Fire Wing Orders Probe Into Cuttack Shopping Mall Blaze

Cuttack: Director General (Fire Services) Bijay Kumar Sharma on
Sunday ordered an investigation into the major fire incident at a
Cuttack-based ‘City Style’ shopping mall.

Director General (Fire Services) Bijay Kumar Sharma.
Director General (Fire Services) Bijay Kumar Sharma. Photograph: Odishabytes

According to Sharma, around 10 fire tenders were pressed into
action. At least 100 fire personnel, ODRAF teams and police
accompanied by local people doused the flames after a two-hour-long
effort. The blaze spread rapidly and gutted other goods as the mall
was filled with garments, Sharma added.

A thorough inspection of the mall will be conducted to ascertain the
exact cause of the mishap, he further said.

Eyewitnesses said, a person sustained burn injuries while trying to come
out of the mall. The injured has been hospitalised.

The City Style shopping mall caught fire, which subsequently spread to Geeta
Fashion showroom and four surrounding shops. Properties worth crores of rupees is estimated to have been reduced to ashes.

An electric short circuit is suspected to have triggered the fire.

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