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1 injured in Kadma Farm Area fire

A 32-year-old man suffered burns and property worth more than Rs 20 lakh was gutted on Monday morning after a fire broke out in a Kadma Farm Area house.

The injured, identified as Ravi Dubey, was rushed to Tata Main Hospital with 30 per cent burns. Though it was not certain, sources said the fire at the residence of Tata Steel employee S.R. Dubey might have been due to a short-circuit.

According to relatives, the fire broke out sometime around 4.15am on Monday, when Dubey’s son Ravi — who runs a coaching centre — was sleeping alone in a room. His wife, children and sister-in-law were in an adjacent room.

“Ravi’s sister-in-law, who stays with them, was the first to wake up after she smelt something burning. She found smoke emanating from Ravi’s room and immediately raised an alarm that woke us up,” said Sunil Kumar Jha, a neighbour, and one of the first to reach the scene.

Jha added that he along with another neighbour managed to break open the door that was stuck and find Ravi in a semi-conscious state. Someone in the meantime had informed the fire brigade.

“It looked like besides suffering burns, he also inhaled a lot of smoke. We had to literally drag him out of the burning room as the fire was spreading quickly,” Jha said.

Sources said the first fire tender from government fire service reached the scene around 5.15am, an hour after the fire was reported. The blaze by that time had gutted almost all valuables in the house.

Later in the day, a police party led by Kadma police station assistant sub-inspector Bijay Kumar Singh and senior administrative officer of utility company Jusco Dhananjay Mishra also visited the scene and conducted preliminary investigations.

“From our initial probe it looks like the fire might have started due to a short-circuit. We found the electricity lines in the room and one adjoining it totally gutted,” sub-inspector Singh said.

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