A major fire broke out in a commercial compound in the Do Tanki area of Grant Road on Tuesday afternoon, damaging around 24 shops.
Two people, including a firefighter, suffered minor injuries in the fire that broke out at 1.30pm in the century-old Chhota Sonapur Lokhand Merchants’ Welfare Association.
Within 15 minutes, eight fire engines, two ambulances and seven jumbo water tanks each with 18,000 litres of capacity were rushed to the compound that houses nearly 100 units mainly scrap shops, garment godowns and metal-cutting shops. The fire was finally extinguished by 4.30pm.
Most of the shops have wooden flooring and tin walls and roofs. “The fire spread fast because of the wooden flooring.
Some of the shop owners told us the fire was caused by a short circuit at a garment shop. We are looking into the matter,” said a fire official, requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to media.
Uday Tatkare, chief fire officer, said: "Investigation is on to find out the cause of the fire that destroyed 22 to 24 shops. We are yet to calculate the total loss.”
Most of the shop owners were devastated because their material was lost in the blaze.
“Most of the stock in my godown is totally damaged. We have yet to ascertain the loss incurred,” said Mohammed Ismail, who owns a scrap shop at Chhota Sonapur Lokhand Merchants’ Welfare Association.