Over 20 shops gutted in massive fire at Delhi's Jhandewalan cycle market, traders blame poor infrastructure

Information about the blaze was received at 2.05 pm following which 27 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, they said, adding that the flames were brought under control by 4.30 pm.

Published: 20th May 2022 11:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th May 2022 11:09 PM   |  A+A-

No causality was reported, officials said. (Photo | EPS)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Over 20 shops were gutted in a massive fire that broke out in central Delhi's Jhandewalan cycle market on Friday afternoon, officials said.

Information about the blaze was received at 2.05 pm following which 27 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, they said, adding that the flames were brought under control by 4.30 pm.

No causality was reported, officials said.

Director, Delhi Fire Services, Atul Garg said over 20 shops were gutted in the fire.

"The fire has been put out. The operation went on for 2.5 hours and no casualty has been reported. More than 20 shops were gutted. However, the exact amount of damage will be known later," he said.

The congested road and parking posed problems in conducting fire fighting operations, he said.

"The fire spread so fast because of the presence of highly combustible substance like -polythene and tyres," Garg said.

Delhi Health minister Satyendar Jain tweeted about the incident.

"In an unfortunate incident, a fire broke out in Delhi's Jhandewalan cycle market near Videocon Tower. 27 fire tenders were rushed to the accident spot. Our brave fire fighters have successfully controlled the situation. No casualties have been reported so far," he tweeted.

On Thursday, a 42-year-old man was killed and six others were injured when a fire broke out at an electric goods factory in northeast Delhi's Mustafabad area.

On May 13, at least 27 people were killed after a massive blaze engulfed a commercial building in Delhi's Mundka area.

Amarjeet Singh, president of Jhadewalan Market Association, claimed that over 60 units situated in 20 shops of the market were destroyed in the fire on Friday.

There are around 130 shops in the famous market, Singh said, adding that a shop comprises of three units ---basement, ground floor and first floor.

Singh rued that the market is in a "very dilapidated" condition and claimed that despite writing several times to authorities for maintenance work, there has been no response from them.

Singh said the fire started due to a short circuit in the basement unit of a shop.

"The short circuit led to the fire in the geyser after which it spread like a wildfire. We tried to douse the flames using bucket water but it had spread massively within minutes," Singh said.

Singh said this was not the first incident of fire at the market.

"No maintenance work has been carried out by the authorities for several years. We have written to them multiple times but of no use," he said.

"We have complained to BSES, but no action has been taken about faulty wiring. Fluctuating voltage often leads to short circuits, which eventually leads to fire," he said.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain tweeted about the incident.

"In an unfortunate incident, a fire broke out in Delhi's Jhandewalan cycle market near Videocon Tower. 27 fire tenders were rushed to the accident spot. Our brave fire fighters have successfully controlled the situation. No casualties have been reported so far," he tweeted.

On Thursday, a 42-year-old man was killed and six others were injured when a fire broke out at an electric goods factory in northeast Delhi's Mustafabad area.

On May 13, at least 27 people were killed after a massive blaze engulfed a commercial building in Delhi's Mundka area.



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