Dhaka, Sept. 9 -- Dozens of electronic voting machines or EVMs, four air conditioners, and electric cables were reportedly destroyed by the flames.

The authorities suspect the fire was sparked by an electric short-circuit.

Having avoided any major damage, the commission vowed to restore automatic fire extinguishing system to safeguard the structure from such incidents in future.

The fire erupted around 11pm in the basement of the 12-storey building on Sunday and was tamed after over an hour's worth of efforts.

The NID database server located on the 10th floor of the office block remained unscathed.

The building also houses the offices of the chief election commissioner, secretaries and other officials along with a host of important d...