Goods, raw materials and equipment worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.
It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.
The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According to the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.
Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel, as well as the Itahari fire brigade, made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.
Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.
He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.