A major fire broke out at a flour and rice mill premises in industrial area Phase 1 on the intervening night of November 3 and 4, leading to a loss of materials and equipment worth Rs 70 lakh.
The fire that gutted a part of DDV Rice and General Mill around 12:30am on Sunday was controlled by firefighters after three hours.
Though the exact cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, fire officials said a short circuit could be the reason.
It was learnt that the flames ignited by short circuit engulfed packing material lying nearby. Soon, the fire spread across the factory while there was no one present on the premises.
The flames were first noticed by a passerby who informed the fire brigade. Seven fire tenders from industrial area and Ram Darbar fire stations were pressed into service. "Our team reached the spot within minutes and managed to control the fire from spreading to adjoining premises," said a fire official.
"We have so far not ascertained the cause of this fire. However, initial investigations suggest that the fire was caused by electrical short circuit," he added.
All goods stored in the factory were reduced to ashes despite valiant efforts by firemen. Factory owner Sanjay Verma claimed that he suffered a loss of around Rs 70 lakh. Rice, flour and machinery were gutted in the fire, he added.
In another incident, fire broke out at plot number 948 in the industrial area. Firefighters reached the spot with three tenders and extinguished flames within an hour.