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Property worth lakhs gutted as fire engulfs Kisan Mandi Bhawan office in Lucknow

Important files and CPUs were burnt to ashes after fire erupted on the fifth and sixth floor of the Kisan Mandi Bhawan in Vibhuti Khand area on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. The fire was so intense that 10 fire extinguishing vehicles were pressed into service, who finally brought the fire under control only at around 10 on Monday morning.
However, the exact reason behind the fire could not be ascertained, the fire department officials said.
According to chief fire officer Abhaybhan Pandey, fire was first reported at around 2 in the night on the fifth floor of the Kisan Mandi Bhawan situated on the rear side of the PICUP building in Gomtinagar. Since no employee was present, the guard on duty on the ground floor gate spotted the fire and informed the police control room.
Vibhuti Khand police rushed to the spot along with fire brigade vehicle. The electricity to the Kisan Mandi Bhawan was snapped. When the fire tenders reached the fifth floor they couldn’t see anything because of the dense smoke. In the meantime, the fire reached the sixth floor. Fire tenders somehow managed to break the window panes that allowed the smoke to get release point making it easier for the fire officials to proceed further.
The fire was so intense that in total 12 vehicles were pressed into the service. Luckily, fire tenders didn’t fell short of water as the supply from the mandi bhawan helped them in extinguishing the fire. By 10 in the morning, the fire was brought under control. However, by the time, important files, computers and furnitures were completely burnt into ashes.
According to a rough estimate, property worth over Rs 20 lakh was estimated to have been lost in the fire. Though the exact cause of fire is yet to be ascertained, the fire department officials suspect fire erupted due to short circuit, which raises question which equipment remained switched on even on Sunday. As of now, mandi officials are mulling to set up inquiry into the cause of fire.
Interestingly, Kisan Mandi Bhawan was equipped with fire extinguishing techniques. However, it couldn’t be used because of no electricity in bhawan.
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