SOPORE: At least one dozen shops and a restaurant were gutted in a massive fire incident in north Kashmir’s Sopore town.
According to reports mysterious fire engulfed and damaged one dozen shops at general bus stand Sopore on Tuesday wee hours.
Reports said that the fire mysteriously broke out from a poultry shop of Manzoor Ahmad Khan and spread to near by shops at about 5.30 am on Tuesday.
Consequently, one restaurant and nearly a dozen other shops were completely damaged and goods worth lakhs rupees was also destroyed.
However fire tenders with the help of locals rushed to the spot to douse the flames.
The cause of fire is said to be an electric shot circuit.
The shops damaged in fire incident belonged to Abdul Rashid Khan, Manzoor Ahmad Khan, Abdul Satar Denthoo, Mansoor Ahmad Sheikh, Mushtaq Ahmad Lara, Gh. Hassan Ganaie, Khursheed Ahmad Lone, Mohd Akbar Ganaie, Waseem Ahmad Gazi, Bashir Ahmad Khan, Mohd Amin Moon and Mohd Altaf Tara.
Meanwhile president traders federation Sopore Haji Mohammad Ashraf Ganaie and local people have appealed the district administration for immediate compensation to the fire victim shopkeepers.