A major fire broke out at the current ticket counters situated on the western end of main railway station here Saturday morning. The fire, probably caused by short circuit, soon engulfed all the booking counters, reducing the inventories to ashes. However, the booking clerks were evacuated to safety, averting any casualty.
At 10:35am a Traffic Head Constable Manoj M Gupta attached to Main Railway Station was making a Challan of an errant driver when he noticed smoke billowing out of the grill where the wires were coming out. Sensing danger, Manoj ran to the Electric Office of the Railway Station, who in turn rushed to the spot and switched off the electric supply. But by then the fire had spread out and all the 8 counters at Main Railway station which is used for selling current tickets to various destinations were burnt to ashes.
All the eight railway personnel who were manning the counters showed presence of mind and removed all the cash and valuable tickets and rushed out. However, the computers were reduced to a melted mangled heap.
In an exclusive talk with Nagpur Today, Additional Divisional Railway Manager Dr Jaideep Gupta said that an Officer Grade Fact- Finding-Committee has been formed with Assistant Commercial Manager, Assistant Electrical Engineer, Station Manager and Assistant Commandant Railway Police Force as members. He said that this committee will scrutinize and undertake a detailed investigation and submit report over the cause of the fire and what steps should be taken for preventing such fires from recurring.
ADRM Gupta asked Nagpur Today to inform the readers that the Current Ticket Booking counter has been shifted to Santra Market and at the new Booking Counters on Platform No.1 (Wardha End).
Assistant Commandant of Railway Police Force A K Swami told Nagpur Today that there were fire extinguishers at the Booking Office and that the officials did try to extinguish the fire. However, the intensity of the fire and their efforts to protect the cash and tickets prevented them from engaging in fire-fighting exercise further. He added that within half an hour the fire was brought under control.