On a day when a massive fire in Kolkata resulted in the death of 20 persons,two incidents of fire were reported from Old Delhi. The two incidents from Sadar Bazar and Bhagirath Palace were reported around 7.30 in the evening.
While it took eight fire tenders to douse the flames at Bhagirath Palace,the Fire department had to bring in at least 30 fire tenders to control the Sadar Bazar fire.
No one was injured in either of the incidents,police said,but traders claimed that loss of goods could run into lakhs.
Fire officials said they had to stretch the water hose for about 700 metres as the alleys in the area made it difficult for the fire tenders to enter the lanes.
According to fire officials,a short-circuit in one of the two-storied buildings in Gali Matke Wali Sadar Bazar where paint material with inflammable liquids were stocked is believed to have started the fire.
Aamir Khan (29),who owns a cosmetic shop in the area,said he had reached home after closing his shop when he received the news of the fire.
The owner of the shop,where the fire started,sells pichkaris,Holi colours,balloons and water colours. It was the only shop that caught fire. It is an old structure with wooden panels and tin sheds,which made it vulnerable. Moreover,the infrastructure here is very bad. Cables hang in the air,making the area more prone to such incidents, he said.
Attar Singh,a fire personnel who was at the spot,said a portion of the building collapsed due to the fire.
Chief Fire Officer A K Sharma said: The building is an old one. The plastic material and inflammable cheimcals (thinners) helped the fire to spread. One portion of the building also collapsed in the fire. The fire is under control as we asked all fire stations for help immediately after the incident. We used what is known as the multi-directional approach so that the vehicles reach the spot quickly. We are trying to cool the heat now so that no sparks are left to cause any further short-circuit. We are investigating the cause of fire.
Masood (28),who also owns an artificial jewellery shop in the area,said,It is a wholesale market. Most of us close our shops by 7 pm and are out of the market by 7.15 pm.
Till late night,around 40 firemen were on the spot in a bid to close the operation.
At Bhagirath Palace,the fire was reported from an electricals goods shop. It was doused within half an hour,fire service personnel said. This is the second fire in the market in the last three months. A major fire was reported here in December last year.