In a midnight incident, around 50 shops were razed to ground after a massive fire broke out in Sikanderpur’s furniture market near Sikanderpur metro station. No one was hurt in the incident.
The incident took place around 1:30am when people residing nearby woke to blast-like-sounds in the area.
Firefighters were then called in to douse the flames, which had engulfed the whole market by then.
Around 8 fire trucks were pressed into service to bring the fire under control and it took them four hours to put out the fire.
An electrical short circuit in a shop is suspected to be the cause of the fire. Although investigations are underway to access the losses and damage caused, there are no reports of human loss.
Senior fire officer, IS Kashyap said, “When we reached the spot, around 30 shops were engulfed in flamed. Extra vehicles were immediately called from Bhim Nagar fire station. As shops had cylinders and furniture inside, fire spread rapidly through the market.”
Overall losses are estimated to be in crores of rupees by the owners.
The market, situated about three kilometres from the Delhi-Gurgaon border, is known for selling old furniture.