Udupi: A coconut coir unit was gutted in a major fire that broke out in the afternoon at Bennekudru near Barkur here on March 29.
The fire was noticed in the afternoon around 3:00 pm in a coconut coir unit which is located near Bennekudru temple. It is suspected that a short circuit might have caused the fire.
The fire tenders from Malpe, Kundapur and Udupi rushed to the spot and took over three hours to douse the fire. Around 50 quintals of coconut coir, coir processing unit and machines were gutted in the fire. The warehouse and other electronic equipments inside the building were completely damaged in the fire.
A loss of around Rs 3 lakh has been estimated.