Prayagraj fire incident: The fire that broke out in the office of the Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of Sunday was brought under control after an 11-hour operation, an official said. Eighteen fire tenders were sent to douse the fire that broke out at 5.30 am at Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Bhawan in the city.
According to an official, five firefighters suffered minor injuries during the operation that lasted from 6 am to 7 pm. There was no report of any other casualties. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shailesh Kumar Pandey said that apart from the fire brigade vehicles of the district, fire tenders were also sent from adjoining districts of Pratapgarh and Kaushambi. Along with this, fire engines of Army and Air Force were also pressed into action.
The fire was reported on the fifth floor of the building, which later spread to the sixth, seventh, eighth and top floors of the nine-storey building, the SSP said. The upper floors were the most affected by the fire. The office of Advocate General Ajay Kumar Mishra was located on the ground floor of the building.
Prayagraj Chief Fire Officer Rajiv Kumar Pandey said that by around 6.30 pm, the fire from the fifth to the eighth floor was completely doused, while smoke was coming out from the ninth floor. The top floor was thoroughly checked to bring the situation under control. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took strong cognizance of the incident and issued directions to constitute a committee to inquire into the cause of the fire.
Following the orders of the Chief Minister, Superintendent of Police (City), Additional District Magistrate, Chief Fire Office, Additional L.K. A statement said the committee would submit its report on the cause of the fire on Sunday evening.
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