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Barpeta counts fire damage

Dhubri, March 19: The fire that razed CRPF storerooms and commercial godowns of various inflammable goods, including jute, on Barpeta Road last night, is estimated to have destroyed properties worth Rs 1 crore.

Four fire tenders from Barpeta and neighbouring districts were pressed into operation to douse the flames.

Though the blaze was brought under control around 1am, fire tenders continued to douse the residual tongues of flame and cool the remaining goods till this evening.

A police source said storerooms of 10th Battalion of the CRPF, comprising rooms for blankets, uniforms, shoes, mosquito nets, wireless centres, and rooms that stored personal belongings of one platoon of jawans, godowns of vegetables, offices of brokers and market committee of green vegetables sellers and godowns of plastic and jute were razed to the ground.

Vegetable market sources said two godowns of Kanak Das which were let out to Ratan Sanyal and Khokan Sanyal were reduced to ashes.

Circle inspector of Barpeta Road, Monoj Lahkar, said according to preliminary investigation, the fire broke out because of an electrical short circuit. “Property and goods more than worth Rs 50 lakh were gutted. The CRPF damage will be calculated by them separately,” Lahkar said.

A source in Barpeta Road police station said the damage is estimated to be to the tune of 1 crore, including that of the CRPF property and goods.

Commandant of 10th Battalion of the CRPF, Dayanidhi Tantey, said he did not know the exact figure of the damage as it was still being calculated.

The cause of the fire is also being assessed, he said.

It would take time to make total assessment of the damage caused to the camp, he said.