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Bengal Health Official's Office Filled with Covid-19 Vaccines Catches Fire

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At least 12 fire tenders managed to douse the flames after four hours, an official said, adding, there were no reports of any injury.

A fire broke out at the office of a health official on Saturday morning at Barasat in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, where a large stock of COVID-19 vaccines was stored. The blaze erupted inside the office of the deputy chief medical officer of health, a senior official said.

At least 12 fire tenders managed to douse the flames after four hours, he said, adding, there were no reports of

any injury.

“Huge quantity of COVID-19 vaccines was stored in the office. We are assessing the condition of the medicines and

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estimating the degree of damage," the official said.

According to fire department sources, the cause of the fire could be electrical short circuit. Further investigation is underway, they said.

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first published:April 17, 2021, 18:02 IST