A huge fire that broke out at a cotton factory at Anantlingeshor Municipality-1 in Bhaktapur district perished the properties worth more than Rs 3.3 million on Saturday night.
The cotton factory near Ragini Art Gallery of Balkot had caught fire at 9:00 pm.
It took almost five hours for the locals, security personnel and six fire engines to bring the fire under control. The locals even vent their ire on the fire engines saying they reached ´very late´.
Five trucks of cotton, raw materials for cotton, and machines were burnt to ashes in the conflagration.
However, no human casualty was reported.
“The fire engulfed the factory suddenly after the labors went to bed at 9:08 pm,” owner Jit Bahadur Khadka said, adding that some might have sprinkled petrol and set on fire from outside.
The police have been investigating how the fire broke out.
Fire engine driver killed
Meanwhile, 23-year old driver Ranjit Shrestha died in the fire engine accident. He was driving towards the incident site from Mahankal, but met an accident at Tinkune, Kathmandu, owing to over speed.
Four others were also injured in the accident.
The injured ones have been undergoing treatment at TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgung.