A fire broke out at the property tax department on the second floor of the seven-story headquarters of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in Civil Lines on Monday evening. Alert staff from the department swiftly doused the fire which started from an air-conditioner.
Sources said employees from most of the departments leave for home by 6 pm. At around 6.35 pm, a thick smoke started coming from the second floor and within seconds flames engulfed an air conditioner in the property tax department.
Employees removed the AC plug while Piyush Katte from the waterworks department doused the fire with the help of an extinguisher. Fire brigade workers present on the ground floor also reached there within minutes.
The NMC has failed to procure a fire fighting compliance certificate for the entire building. A senior official from the fire and emergency services department said the building has only part compliance.
(With inputs from timesofindia)