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Odishatv Bureau

Baripada: Twelve parked vehicles and five shops were gutted after a fire broke out at Madhuban Garage chhak area here late on Sunday night. No one was injured in the incident.

Locals noticed the fire at around 3 am and informed the fire and emergency services who rushed to the spot and took hours to completely douse the flames and bring the situation under control.

By the time fire was brought under control, all the 12 vehicles - 3 Boleros, 2 pick-up vans, 4 tractors, 1 Indica, and 3 bikes – had already reduced to ashes.

"I noticed the fire at around 3:15 am. Though we tried to inform the fire services as early as possible, property worth around Rs 50 lakh had already got damaged,” said a local.

While the exact reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained, locals suspect mischief behind the incident.

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