A major fire broke out in an automobile showroom here on the outskirts of the city on Tuesday morning, causing widespread damage to its workshop, store room, offices and garages.
While the police said there were no casualties, showroom sources said properties worth lakhs were gutted in the inferno that engulfed the entire three-storey building. The showroom is located at Bhanapur along the National Highway, about 10 km from here.
Fire officers said they received a call around 6.10 am and fire tenders from Cuttack, Baranga and Bhubaneswar were mobilised. “At least seven fire tenders battled the blaze for over three hours,” said Fire Officer Bhabagrahi Panigrahi, adding that lubricants and petrol kept in the store room helped spread the blaze quickly .