Cuttack: A major fire broke out in a farmhouse near a petrol pump under the Sadar police limits in Cuttack district on Thursday morning triggering panic and fear among locals and commuters on a busy road in the vicinity.
As per reports, the fire broke out at Bamphakuda farmhouse which borders a densely populated locality and a petrol pump adjacent to the place .
Locals said that they initially tried to douse the flames by sprinkling sand and water. However, it could offer little help. The fire brigade was informed after which two fire tenders were despatched, one each from Cuttack and Bhubaneswar respectively.
Though the exact reason behind the mishap is still unclear, it is suspected that the fire initially was reported at the bushy area at the farm house. Later, the situation was brought to control by the fire fighters after wrestling for over an hour.
“As the petrol pump is located too close to the place where the fire broke out, anything could have happened if quick step was not taken by the fire tenders,” said a local resident.
However, some locals alleged that the fire tenders reached the spot almost an hour after they were informed. He said the fire could have been prevented from spreading had the fire tenders reached earlier. “The fire tenders had to cover almost 24 kilometres to reach the place,” he said attributing to the delayed response.