Raiganj, 5 December
Flames that suddenly started billowing from a North Bengal State Transport bus at Raiganj depot this morning left two buses completely charred. Some locals living in the vicinity ran helter-skelter in alarm, as the flames were found spreading, fanned by the winds. After being informed, three fire engines from Raiganj fire station rushed to the spot and put out the flames after a struggle of around two hours. The cause of the blaze is yet to be ascertained, though it is believed that a short-circuit caused the fire. The NBSTC employees working at the depot when the blaze broke out said they spotted it while welding a bus at the depot workshop. “It immediately leaped high and reached to another bus, parked close by. We were alarmed, as the diesel-filling station is located close to the spot. The workers and some locals immediately plunged themselves into putting out the blaze. A few minutes later, fire engines came and put it out after struggling with it for around two hours,” said an employee working at the depot.
The divisional manager, Raiganj depot, NBSTC, Mr Subir Saha, said: “Two buses were gutted. The source of the fire is yet to be ascertained. We, however, suspect a short circuit is behind it. A complaint was lodged with Raiganj police station. Police are investigating.”