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Saturday , October 6 , 2012
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Garage blaze guts bikes, spares car

As many as four two-wheelers, including a cycle, were gutted in a mysterious fire that broke out in the garage of an Adityapur advocate late on Thursday evening.

However, Ranjana Mishra’s car that was in the same garage had a lucky escape.

Mishra was taking rest at her Kalyanpuri home under Adityapur police station of Seraikela-Kharsawan district when she was alerted by a commotion outside around 8.30pm. However, as she was not well, the advocate took time to come out. But when she did step out, she was aghast to find her garage on fire and two motorcycles, a scooty and a bicycle that were parked there engulfed in flames.

“A crowd had already gathered in front of my house and the neighbours had started pouring water on the burning vehicles. Someone had informed the fire brigade, but by the time help came, the two-wheelers were gutted. My car was also on the same premises, but luckily, it did not catch fire,” Mishra said.

The fire fighters, however, stopped the flames from fanning out. A portion of the house got blackened due to the smoke while the heat generated caused cracks on the glass windows.

Mishra, who has lodged an FIR, said she had no idea as to what caused the fire. “It could be an act of mischief, but I don’t have enmity with anyone,” said the advocate, adding that chances of mishap were thin as the two-wheelers had been in the garage for the past few days.

Although the garage does not have any separate door, one has to enter it through the main gate that was open on Thursday evening.

Officer in charge of Adityapur police station K.N. Mishra said it appeared to be an accident. “Initial probe suggests that the fire was triggered by some mechanical snag. If the advocate does not have any enemies, why should someone set her garage on fire?” asked the officer in charge. But he added that he would look into the mischief angle too.

A delegation of lawyers owing allegiance to Adityapur Adhibakta Sangh visited the Adityapur police station on Friday and demanded a thorough probe into the incident. Led by president of the sangh Narendra Prasad, the lawyers submitted a petition with inspector Mishra.