Six shops were gutted after a major fire broke out in the old vegetable market in the city early Monday.
However, no casualties or injuries were reported since the shops were closed. Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the flames. It took around two hours for them to control the fire.
The fire reportedly started from one shop following which the flames spread so quickly all adjoining shops were under blaze. The shopkeepers said a sudden high voltage in electric wires caused the fire around 5am when the shops were closed.
Sonu, a shopkeeper, said his shop was completely gutted and the government should provide them compensation.
Deputy commissioner DS Mangat and Sarabjit Singh Makkar, chairman, district planning committee, Kapurthala, visited the spot.
Mangat directed the Kapurthala sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) to submit a report on it.
Sharma General Store, Prachi Chappal Store, Punjab Fruit Shop, Shani Hawan Smagri, Plastic General Store and a vegetable store were completely gutted in the fire. The shopkeepers claimed loss of more than Rs 25 lakh.