Traders lost crores of rupees due to fire in Bhagirath Palace

(Vishu Adhana)

New Delhi, Nov 25 (PTI) Firefighters struggled for hours to douse a fire that broke out in about 100 shops in the country’s largest wholesale market for electrical and electronic goods in the narrow lanes of Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area.

Desperate traders, covering their noses and mouths with handkerchiefs to block the stench, ignored warnings of intermittent sounds of explosions and falling pieces of buildings, trying to enter their charred shops. were anxiously waiting so that they could achieve anything.

Amid smoke billowing from burnt shops at Mahalaxmi market in Bhagirath Palace area, the largest wholesale market for electrical and electronics equipment in the country, policemen could be seen warning people not to go near the affected buildings.

A policeman said to a businessman, “Don’t stand so dangerously close. The building is still burning and may collapse any time. If something happens to us it is okay but nothing should happen to you. ,

A fire department official told PTI on condition of anonymity, “A portion of the building collapsed and the AC compressor burst. We can’t get near the building. ,

North Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police Sagar Singh Kalsi said that soon after receiving information about the fire, officials of the fire department, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the police’s reserve force reached the spot.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police said, “Every effort was made to douse the fire. There is no casualty at present. Five major buildings were affected and around 100 shops were gutted. Three of the five affected buildings have collapsed. ,

A merchant whose shop was gutted in the blaze sat down in the street next to one of the burning buildings. The businessman spoke of the loss of “several crores”.

A shopkeeper named Sanjay Kumar said, “Our shop has been destroyed. We are waiting for the fire to be completely extinguished but I don’t think anything is left. We have suffered a loss of several crores. ,

Among those waiting anxiously for the fire to be doused was Balwinder Singh, whose shop is in the building opposite to the one affected. Balwinder was lucky that his shop was saved.

Singh said, “For the time being our shop is safe. I got information about the fire around 11 pm and my father was in the shop. They told me that our shop is safe but I have come here.

At the same time, business continued in the outer lanes of Bhagirath Palace.

Police said that the fire, which started on Thursday evening, has been brought under control and now the burnt parts are being cooled so that the fire does not flare up again. There is no news of any casualty in the incident so far.

According to the fire department, they received a call about the fire at 9.19 pm on Thursday and 40 fire tenders were immediately dispatched to the spot. Right now 22 fire tenders are engaged in cooling the atmosphere. After hard work, the fire was brought under control in more than 12 hours.

The fire broke out at a shop in the Mahalaxmi Market area of ​​the market, which quickly spread to other shops, officials said. All the shops are of electrical appliances.

As a result of the toxic gases produced due to the burning of plastic and rubber, white smoke was rising in the sky and the air was getting polluted.

Delhi Fire Services Director Atul Garg told PTI on Friday, “The fire has been brought under control. Right now 22 fire tenders are engaged in the cooling operation. However, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

A merchant whose shop was gutted in the blaze sat down in the street next to one of the burning buildings. The businessman spoke of the loss of “several crores”.

Garg had tweeted on Thursday, “Fire in Chandni Chowk. 40 fire engines and over 200 fire personnel are at the spot. Weak infrastructure, lack of water and narrow streets remain a cause of concern.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed grief over the incident and said he was getting information about the situation from the district administration concerned.

Sharing a news, he tweeted, “The incident of fire in Bhagirath Palace market of Chandni Chowk late last night is very sad. Firefighters have been working diligently to douse the fire since last night. I am constantly taking information about this from the district administration.

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