Srinagar: Over a dozen shops were gutted in a massive fire at a market located close to a famous Mughal garden along the banks of Dal Lake on Monday.
The fire, which broke out at the market facing the main gate of Shalimar Garden around 3.28 am, damaged at least 15 shops selling handicraft and fast food, a Fire and Emergency Services spokesman told PTI..
Two other shops suffered damages due to pouring of water on them, he said, adding that the financial loss due to the incident was to the tune of around Rs 40 lakh.
“Property worth Rs 1.12 crore could have been damaged in the fire, but due to the timely action by the department, the loss was restricted to around Rs 40 lakh,” the spokesman said.
He said eight fire-tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames, adding that the cause of the fire was not immediately known.
In another fire incident, a police spokesman said, a middle school building was gutted at Kalipora village of Vilgam in the Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district in the wee hours.
Eyewitnesses said the locals risking their lives tried to save the belongings of the shop owners.
An official in the Fire and Emergency (F&E) said that the mysterious blaze in the shops was doused in three hours.
“Over a dozen of fire tenders had rushed to the spot to douse the fire. It took out three hours to douse the fire,” he said.
Meanwhile, police officials said that the cause of fire is yet to be ascertained while the investigation has been taken up in this regard.