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Fire breaks out at 3 private FM radio channels of All India Radio in Cuttack

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Broadcasting of at least three private FM radio channels and two FM channels of All India Radio (AIR) were disrupted on Tuesday after a major fire broke out at a private radio station functioning from the old Doordarshan campus here at Tulasipur.

Two fire engines were pressed into operation which brought the blaze under control after over an hour, district fire officer C M Routray said. There was no casualty in the fire.

He said a spark triggered by a short circuit in one of the uninterrupted power supply (UPS) in the radio station caused the inferno.

“Equipment including UPS, invertors, some furniture and a part of the ceiling have been gutted in the mishap,” Routray said adding there was no fire-fighting equipment in place in the radio station.

Private FM radio channels 93.5 Red FM, 104 Radio Chocolate and 92.7 Big FM channels operate from the building and their programmes were broadcast through the FM antenna of the AIR.

“Since we had to snap the power supply to the antenna as a precautionary measure, our own FM broadcasts of Vibhidh Bharati and Rainbow were also affected,” said an AIR staff.

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