The Divisional Railway Manager has ordered an inquiry into the fire at the railway administration building near CST to find the cause of the fire, estimate damages and suggest remedial measures.
Many files of Container Corporation of India Ltd. (CONCOR) and of the claims office on the 5th floor of the building were destroyed in the fire. While CONCOR authorities claim that a back up of the files is already maintained, there is no clarity on the files of the claims department which are related to accidents and ticket cancellations.
According to railway authorities, a short circuit in the server room that controls all the computer systems at the CONCOR office on the 5th floor of the Railway administration building appears to be the cause of fire that took place Friday evening. While no one was injured, people working in the office complained of breathlessness while being evacuated, said railway officers. A total of 35 people were evacuated after the fire broke out.
Around 5pm on Friday, the Mumbai fire brigade was informed about a fire at CST.
“There were 20 fire extinguishers in the office that were used to initially douse the fire. However, both the smoke and the fire spread rapidly and people had no choice but to evacuate from the building. People panicked even before the smoke detector alarm went off,” said a CONCOR officer.