A major fire that broke out in Khanna Cloth House ‘Modella Shop’ near Masand Chowk in Model Town reduced the showroom to ashes, here on Friday morning.
It took 20 firefighters and around six hours to douse the flames that reportedly started around 7 am and ended at 1 pm.
One of the firemen, Vasdev (50), became unconscious during the operation and was taken to a private hospital, where his condition was stated to be out of danger.
The cause of the fire was still unknown as the showroom owners claimed that whenever they closed the shop, they kept the main electric point switched off. The officials too denied short-circuit as the reason behind the fire.
The firemen have also recovered a plastic can having some unknown inflammable material in it from the first floor of the showroom when they were dousing the flames. It has been learnt that the showroom also has an insurance cover of Rs 3 crore.
According to the information, a passerby noticed the flames coming out from the showroom around 7 am and called the fire brigade. Thereafter, fire tenders rushed the spot.
As soon as the firemen broke open the door of the ground floor of the showroom, heavy smoke and flames held them back from entering it from the front door. They were forced to enter from the backside wall. The firemen made a hole after breaking the wall with hammers. Thereafter, a JCB machine was used to make another big hole through which the firemen entered the showroom and worked hard to douse the flames. After around half an hour, some of the firemen entered the showroom from the front side as well.
Deputy commissioner Kamal Kishor Yadav, MC joint commissioner Rajiv Kumar Verma, additional deputy commissioner of police-II Amrik Singh Powar and other senior officials arrived at the spot and took stock of the rescue operation.
Showroom owner Raghav Khanna, a resident of Adarsh Nagar, could not be reached for comments. However, his father-in-law Anil Chopra, who is chairman of St Soldier Group, said the entire clothing showroom was reduced to ashes and they have suffered loss worth crores.