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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bargarh: Property worth lakhs were gutted in a major fire that broke out in the paediatric ward of the Bargarh District Headquarters Hospital here late on Sunday night.

Fortunately, no casualty or injury was reported in the mishap as the ward was closed and no patients were inside. Medicines and furniture worth lakhs of rupees were reduced to ashes in the mishap. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

On being informed by the hospital authorities, fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and they managed to douse the flame after 2-3 hours of operation.

“We reached the spot immediately after receiving the information and put in all-out efforts to douse the blaze on the upper floor of the general ward. Fortunately nobody was injured and not much damage has been done in the untoward incident,” said Dwarikanath Barala, a fire brigade personnel.

In another tragic incident earlier this month, three jawans of the Odisha Special Armed Police (OSAP) had sustained critical burns in a fire that was caused due to a mosquito repellent coil in Bhadrak on November 9.

According to reports, the armed police personnel were sleeping post their duty at the Puruna Bazar Police Station in Bhadrak district when the mishap occurred. The repellent coil they had used to drive away mosquito came in contact with flammable materials that caught fire. In the fire, the trio sustained severe burns and were rushed to the Bhadrak hospital in a serious condition.

The injured jawans Manoranjan Ghadei, Sangaram Tudu and Ganesh Nayak belong to the Vth Baripada Battalion of the Odisha Special Armed Police.

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