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LESA workshop gutted

THE ONE and only transformer workshop of LESA, on its Residency office compound since 1916, was gutted late last night, causing loss to the tune of over Rs 1 crore. UPPCL management has set up a two-member inquiry panel headed by KESCo GM SM Agrawal to identify the causes of fire. Though short-circuit was said to be the apparent reason for the fire, insiders do not rule out possibility of sabotage.

india Updated: Jul 06, 2006 01:36 IST
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THE ONE and only transformer workshop of LESA, on its Residency office compound since 1916, was gutted late last night, causing loss to the tune of over Rs 1 crore. UPPCL management has set up a two-member inquiry panel headed by  KESCo GM SM Agrawal to identify the causes of fire.

Though short-circuit was said to be the apparent reason for the fire, insiders do not rule out possibility of sabotage.

The fire broke out between 2.30 am and 3 am and went out of control within no time as 5,000 litres of transformer oil contained in the workshop only helped it get fiercer. The fire made the roof of the workshop explode and create cracks in the walls of some of the adjoining offices. SDO Arun Srivastav posted at the nearby sub-station was in Kaiserbagh repairing some breakdown when a sub-station employee informed him of the fire. He rushed to the site and informed the fire department as well as executive engineer, system improvement AK Singh who also rushed to the spot. Around 10 fire brigades battled hard to control the fire. The workshop, however, was destroyed completely. Among other things gutted were around 20 transformers, a container with 5,000 liters of oil, a centri-fusing machine, a testing bench, an oven, an overhead crane and other equipment.        

In an FIR lodged with the Wazirganj police station, LESA showed a loss of Rs 15 lakh only, though sources pegged the loss at over Rs 1 crore.