Towering Inferno: Several Shops Gutted in Mittayi Theruvu

Published: 14th May 2015 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th May 2015 06:02 AM   |  A+A-


KOZHIKODE: Several shops in the SM Street here, popularly known as Mittayi Theruvu, were gutted late on Wednesday night.

The fire is believed to be on account of a short circuit and spread from a shop adjacent to the Koyenco Bazaar at around 9.45 pm to nearby textile and footwear shops. The loss on account of the mishap is estimated to run into several crores.

The fire had engulfed at least five shops in the two-storeyed building and adjacent Hanuman Swami Temple by the time the firefighters brought it under control by around 11.30 pm. More than 20 shops were partially gutted.

Coordinated action by several units of fire and rescue services, police personnel and locals, besides a timely downpour averted a major mishap. Koyenco Bazar is a major trading centre inside the S M Street with dozens of wholesale and retail textile and footwear outlets.

Apart from the 16 fire tenders in Kozhikode district, the operation was aided by units from Wayanad, Malappuram and Kannur. Two special fire tenders from Calicut International Airport, Karipur, were also rushed to the spot. District Collector N Prasanth, ADGP N Shanker Reddy and Kozhikode City Police Commissioner P A Valsan led the fire fighting measures.

No casualties have been reported. “Fire was first spotted inside Beauty Stores shop and later spread to two adjacent shops. All of them were completely gutted,” an eye-witness said. Eight years ago on April 5, 2007, eight persons were killed and close to 50 people were injured in a fire outbreak at the SM Street. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


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 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 are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of 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. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp