A fire broke out in north Delhi’s Sadar Bazar early Wednesday morning, gutting more than 20 shops and inflicting a loss of over Rs 2 crores on businessmen in the area.
Fire officials said the blaze started around 7 am and 30 fire tenders were rushed to control it. This is the second such fire in the same area in the last 15 days. At least 300 jhuggis were gutted the last time.
Officials said the fire was doused by 1.50 pm, though the cooling operation continued till late night.
“A part of the building has collapsed and it seems that the whole structure will be come down soon,” said a fire officer. He added that places like Sadar Bazar have old electrical wires and the fire is suspected to have started from a short circuit.
A shopkeeper from Raj Lakshmi Sports in Sadar Bazaar said two of his sports godowns were gutted in the fire.
Another shopkeeper in the area said business was already hit after demonetisation, and after the fire they will have to begin from scratch.
Ballimaran MLA Imran Hussain, on behalf of the Delhi government, had distributed Rs 1 lakh each to 138 shops gutted in the Tibetan market, under Kotwali sub division, on November 8.