Namchi: 11th May: A major fire incident happened in Namchi causing loss to property of around Rs. 70,000/- to Rs. 80,000. The incident was reported telephonically to the Fire Service Officer, Namchi, South Sikkim at around 4 PM on 11th May. Acting upon the information the fire tending team led by Mr. Indra Kumar Rai rushed to the spot at Raj Gram which is in the outskirts of the main Namchi town towards Bhanjyang Road. Two fire brigade vehicles took around 30 minutes to reach the spot and after reaching the spot also the team had to face some problems in reaching the main place of incident as it was below 500 feet from road level.
After reaching the spot the team lost no time and started their operation and it took another 30 minutes to bring it under control. By the time it was extinguished major portion of the wood that was stored in that room was already burnt causing a loss to the owner Mr. Pradeep Yonjon of about Rs. 70,000/- to Rs. 80,000/-. However the team was able to save timber of approximately worth Rs 20,000/- . The owner of the premises ,Mr. Pradeep Yonjon was not at home during the time of incident.
In the preliminary investigation the cause of the fire has not been ascertained, as there was no one at the premise the chances of short circuit is also almost nil and the chances of it being done by miscreants is also very far fetched. Hence the chances are seen that it may have been started accidentally, where the wood may have come in contact with a fire source accidentally as has been informed by the Fire Service Officer, Namchi Mr Indra Kumar Rai .
District Collector, South and Superintendent of Police, South also visited the spot for inspection