Vikash Sharma

A major fire was reported at Bank of India’s zonal office branch in Baripada on Monday. As per initial reports, the fire first broke out in the canteen located on the third floor of the bank.

As it was the zonal office of Bank of India, there were a lot of staff and other people inside the building, said sources. Three persons including a woman staff were trapped inside the bank when the fire was reported and later all of them were rescued.

It is unclear whether more persons are trapped inside the Bank, said sources.

As smoke engulfed the entire branch, it created problems in carrying out rescue operations. Two fire fighting teams have been pressed into service and efforts are underway to douse the flames.

More details awaited.

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