STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

28 shops, house gutted in fire in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban

The fire broke out in a shop apparently due to a short circuit and within no time engulfed other shops in the market.

Published: 19th September 2020 12:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th September 2020 12:03 PM   |  A+A-

Fire

For representational purposes

By PTI

JAMMU: At least 28 shops and a house were gutted in a fire in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Saturday.

The fire erupted in the main market in Khari, 16 km from Banihal town, at around 10.45 pm on Friday, tehsildar (Khari) Ashok Chakravorty told PTI.

He said fire and emergency services personnel put out the blaze after hectic efforts of over one-and-a-half-hour.

Army personnel from the nearby camp and local residents also joined the fire fighting operation.

"The fire consumed 28 shops and a residential house, destroying property worth crores of rupees," the official said, adding "the final report about the loss is being prepared."

He said the fire broke out in a shop apparently due to a short circuit and within no time engulfed other shops in the market.

A case has been registered and further investigation is on, the official said.

A large group of people assembled at the scene on Saturday morning and staged a demonstration against the administration for its alleged failure to provide a fire station in the Tehsil.

"It is our long pending demand to have a fire and emergency station in our Tehsil.

"The fire tenders were rushed from Banihal and it took them nearly half-an-hour to reach the spot, causing a little delay in the fire fighting operation," one of the protesters said.

Later, the protesters dispersed peacefully after the local tehsildar's assurance that their demand would be brought to the notice of appropriate quarters.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp