Gangtok, 10 Aug:

A major fire broke out in a residential building here at Lall Bazaar in the intervening night of 09-10 Aug at around 1:40 a.m. However, the fire was brought under control and extinguished before it spread to other buildings.

The fire broke out on the top floor of a four-storied residential building at Lall Bazaar.

A crew of Gangtok Fire Station along with a fire tender immediately rushed to the spot after getting the fire call.

Subsequently, two more fire tenders also rushed to the spot as the top floor was already completely engulfed in fire. It is informed that the top floor had wooden planks and other combustible materials.

Around 15 fire personnel of Gangtok Fire Station crew led by Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Prakash Rai immediately started the fire fighting. Fire personnel had a tough time controlling the fire as access to the building was cramped since it is surrounded by other buildings with narrow passages and the area is congested.

Gangtok Fire Station Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Mr Rai informed that it took around one hour for them to control the fire in the confined area and the fire was completely extinguished in around two and a half hours.

He mentioned that the narrow passages made it difficult for them to reach the top floor. Electrical short circuit is believed to be the reason for the fire.

“It was really a major fire and could have been disastrous but timely information and prompt action helped to control it before it spread to the adjoining buildings,” Mr Rai said. He also thanked local residents and patrolling police personnel for their cooperation in the fire fighting. It is informed that adjoining buildings did not suffer any damage.

The DCFO has appealed to the people to take safety measures by keeping the passage clear and wide and not to store unnecessary combustible materials which could lead to untoward incidents.