Electronic equipment, furniture gutted in bank fire

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Dec 13, 2014 20:34 IST

Electronic equipment, including 26 computers, furniture and other valuables worth Rs 80 lakh were burnt on Saturday in a fire that broke out in the main branch of State Bank of India at Civil Lines area of the city.

The fire broke out in the retail assets credit processing cell on first floor in the three-storey building. Short-circuit is said to be the reason behind the fire.

It took one hour for five fire tenders to control the flames. Jatinder Gupta, assistant general manager, SBI branch, said processing cell deals with approval and disbursal of all types of loans and covers as many 30 different bank branches in the city.

He said most of the work has been put online and there is not much loss to records as such. He said the fire broke early morning and was noticed by a security guard when he saw smoke coming out from the cell.

The security guard immediately informed the fire brigade and called fire tenders. Officials and police also rushed to the spot after getting information.

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