Bank records were destroyed after a fire broke out in the IT department of UCO Bank at Bank Square, Sector 17, on Saturday. The front side of the top floor was gutted while the rear part was saved.
The fire broke out at about 7.30 am after which five fire tenders were pressed into service. The bank authorities said some records, furniture, computers and air-conditioners were damaged in the fire.
The fire officials were informed about the blaze by the security guard of a bank in the neighbourhood, who noticed smoke billowing out of the top floor of the building. The firemen controlled the blaze in about half an hour.
Fire station officer, Sector 17, ML Sharma said the fire was controlled well in time. As it was early morning and there was no rush of vehicles at the Bank Square, firemen reached the spot quickly.
The firemen said by the time they reached the bank and started to put out the fire, the front portion of the building was already gutted.Sources in the fire department assert that functionaries of the banks at the Bank Square will be issued an advisory to keep proper space outside their establishments even during the day so that fire tenders can reach in time in case of emergency.
The Bank Square generally remains packed with two-wheelers and cars parked, leaving very little space to move about.
Blaze at paint factory
SAS Nagar: A fire broke out at a storage room of a paint manufacturing plant in Phase 8B, Industrial Area, on the intervening night of June 15 and 16.
At about 2:10 am on Saturday, a fire was detected in a storage room of ICI Paints, now known as Akzo Nobel India Ltd. It took over two hours and five fire tenders to douse the flames. The fire was reported from a room used to store raw material. Media persons were not allowed inside the factory, stating that it was a restricted area.
A spokesperson of the company said, "No one was injured as the incident occurred during non-working hours. The fire was controlled and except for the storage room, the rest of the factory building is not damaged and is intact. The cause of the fire is being determined."
"We had to requisition two fire tenders from Chandigarh while three fire tenders came from the SAS Nagar fire station," said Sham Lal Kamboj, assistant divisional fire officer, SAS Nagar.
Locked house catches fire
A fire broke in a locked house in Phase 9 on Saturday. The fire was reported by neighbours when they saw smoke coming out of the top floor of the house. The house was found locked and the firemen had to break open locks to get access.