Fire destroys over 50 shops of wholesale market in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk: Police


The wholesale market of Bhagirat Palace neighbourhood in North Delhi‘s Chandni Chowk was the scene of a major fire that destroyed more than 50 shops, police reported on Friday. However, they stated that no injuries have been reported thus far.

As per the fire department, a call about the blaze was received at 9.19 pm on Thursday and 40 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

Currently, 22 fire tenders are engaged in the cooling process as the fire has been brought under control after over 12 hours, a fire department official revealed.

The fire that broke out at one shop soon spread to adjacent ones, all dealing in supplying electrical appliances, officials added.

“Fire is under control. Now 22 fire tenders are working for cooling operations. However, the cause of the fire is not yet known,” Director of Delhi Fire Service Atul Garg on Friday told PTI.

Weak structures, a lack of water, and small roads, according to fire officials, made it difficult for Delhi Fire Service to carry out its fire-fighting operations.

Garg on Thursday tweeted, “Fire in Chandni Chowk. Total 40 fire vehicles and 200-plus fire personnel were deployed. Major concern weak structures, shortage of water and narrow lane, building started collapsing.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed his grief over the incident and said he is taking stock of the situation from the district administration concerned.

“This incident of fire in Bhagirath Palace market of Chandni Chowk late last night is very sad. Since last night, the fire brigade personnel are working hard to douse the flames. I am taking information about this from district administration,” he tweeted in Hindi.


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