12 Jun 2023

Madhya Pradesh: Massive Fire In Bhopal’s Satpura Bhawan; Furniture, Important Files Gutted; High Level Probe Panel Formed


Bhopal: A massive fire broke out in the Directorate of Tribal Area Development Schemes office located on the third floor of Satpura Bhawan in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The initial cause of the fire is said to be short circuit, which will be confirmed after investigation by the fire brigade.


Additional Chief Secretary General Administration Shri Vinod Kumar told that prima facie the fire started from short circuit, AC compressor also burst due to the fire and the fire kept spreading


The fire that broke out on the third floor reached the seventh floor. All the people have been safely evacuated from the fire affected area. Fire brigade is working at the site to control the fire.

At present, 35 fire brigades and fire teams are trying to extinguish the fire. Along with this, SDRF has also been called to control the fire. 

Office was renovated only a year ago

Office furniture and important files have been gutted. Just a year ago this office was renovated.

The flames and smoke rising in the building were visible from a distance. At present, fire brigade vehicles are busy in extinguishing the fire. There was no loss of life in this incident. The exact cause of the fire is being ascertained.

Senior officers sit in Satpura Bhavan

A lot of old wooden furniture is kept in the Satpura Bhavan.  In such a situation, difficulties were faced in extinguishing the fire. In Satpura Bhavan, senior officers associated with the administrative department of the state sit.

Furniture on 4 floors and ACs burnt to ashes

The third floor was completely gutted by the fire. It belongs to the Tribal Department. In the fourth floor, the furniture was completely burnt due to the strong flames. Other items including ACs were also reduced to ashes. The fifth and sixth floors have also been completely gutted. The sound of blasts came arriving from inside. Plaster is falling continuously.


Probe panel formed

On the instructions of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, a high-level committee has been constituted to investigate the fire.

Additional Chief Secretary Home Dr. Rajesh Rajoura, Principal Secretary Urban Development Shri Neeraj Mandloi, Principal Secretary Public Works Department Shri Sukhveer Singh, ADG Fire Shri Ashutosh Roy have been included in the high-level inquiry committee. After finding out the preliminary reasons for the fire, the committee will submit the report to Chief Minister Chouhan.


Cong expressed apprehension of conspiracy


Congress has expressed apprehension of conspiracy behind the fire in Satpura Bhawan. Former minister Arun Yadav tweeted and said - Is there a conspiracy to burn the documents of scams on the pretext of fire?

Former minister PC Sharma has said that if there is a fire in the government records building before elections in any state, then understand that the government is about to go. Shivraj and his government are going.

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