Blast at 3-storey building in Balasore

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Balasore: An explosion hit a three-story house in Achyutpur village under Industrial Area Police Station in Balasore district late last night. Reportedly, one person is missing following the blast.

According to sources, neighbours heard a deafening sound at around 12.30 am and immediately rushed to the spot. Spotting fire and thick fume emanating from the building belong to one Kalicharan Mohapatra, locals informed police and fire department about the same.

The shock made the top roof collapse and the residents were probably trapped inside. The neighboring house was also damaged.

While Sridhar Mohanty, a marble mason, was residing in the top-floor, one Sumit from Bihar was staying as the tenant on the middle-floor. Reportedly, Sridhar is said to be missing and Sumit is expected to be near the affected area.

Though the cause of the blast remained unclear, locals suspect that an explosion of crackers or a gas cylinder might have triggered the fire.

Meanwhile, cops have registered a case regarding the explosion and initiated an investigation into the same.

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