The gutted JUVNL car on Tata-Kandra Road in Adityapur on Monday.
Picture by Animesh Sengupta
A 42-year-old man fell down and hurt himself badly while trying to douse flames in a car belonging to Jharkhand Urja Vikas Limited (JUVNL) that suddenly caught fire on Tata-Kandra Road in Adityapur, Seraikela-Kharsawan district, on Monday morning.
Harcharan Singh, who has been admitted to a private nursing home in Sakchi, however, did not sustain burns. He fractured his left arm.
Two other passers-by, who tried to open the car’s bonnet before it caught fire, received minor burns on their hands and were released after first aid at MGM Medical College and Hospital.
Subdivisional officer (electrical) Abhay Kumar, who was driving the ill-fated car, escaped unhurt.
Kumar, who is posted at JUVNL’s Khasmahal office, said the car caught fire after a mechanical snag. The official was on his way to Khasmahal from his residence at Nishant Vihar in Adityapur at 11am when he noticed smoke coming out from the vehicle’s bonnet.
“I immediately stopped the car near DS Tower and opened the front doors. I also tried to open the bonnet, but could not as dense smoke was coming from inside. Two passers-by tried to help me, but burnt their hands. The next moment the car was up in flames,” a shocked Kumar recalled.
Singh, a businessman from Sakchi Kalimati Road who was passing by in his SUV, rushed to douse the flames. He poured water on the car twice, but fell down after losing balance and fractured his hand.
A fire brigade arrived after half an hour, but by that time the car was completely gutted.
Adityapur officer-in-charge Ajay Kumar said the car was eight years’ old and not in good condition.