Sambalpur: A major fire broke out at the regional office of the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) at Jail Chhak here today.
Several important documents, files and two scooters were completely gutted in the fire that took place at around 2 pm. The staff of the board office saw smoke billowing out of the building and vacated the place.
It was suspected that taking the advantage of the lawyers’ strike for permanent High Court bench in western Odisha, some miscreants set the office on fire. Notably, today was the last date of filling the form for the annual matriculation examination.
Two fire tenders were pressed to douse the flame. Senior police officials, including Sambalpur Collector Sanjeev Arora rushed to the spot and initiated a probe into the incident.