Fire Breaks Out In Shastri Park Furniture Market, Several Shops Burnt Down, 8 Rescued
A major fire broke out at the furniture market at Shastri Park in northeast Delhi late on Saturday night. As soon as the information was received, 27 fire tenders were sent to the spot beside the police. The fire soon took a vicious form. More than 125 firemen somehow managed to douse the fire after more than three hours of work.
About 225 shops were burnt down in the fire. Some two-wheelers and a truck loaded with goods parked in the market were also caught in the fire. No casualty has been reported in the accident. Cooling work on the spot was still going on on Sunday. It is yet to be ascertained how the fire broke out. Police have registered a case and are trying to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. After a preliminary investigation, it is feared that the fire was caused by a short circuit. The fire burnt goods worth crores of rupees.
According to police, it was reported around 12.45 am on Saturday that a fire broke out at Shastri Park Furniture Market. Initially, 10 trains were sent to the spot. But soon the fire started spreading in the market. Trains also had to be called from nearby fire stations. The laborers working there were sleeping in front of several shops at the time of the fire. Somehow these people escaped and saved their lives. Umesh and Salman who work in the market said they were sleeping outside the shop.
In the meantime, suddenly he heard the noise and his eyes opened. The whole market was smoke. There was a flame all around. At night, some shopkeepers parked their bikes and scooters in front of their shops in the market. He was also burnt to death in the accident. The fire was somehow brought under control around 3.00 am. Police are ascertaining the exact cause of the fire.
Salim, a shopkeeper, said that about 15 years ago, Tool Market was shifted from Meena Bazar area of Jama Masjid area to Shastri Park here. Small kiosks were allotted to all shopkeepers by the administration. There were about 800 shops. Over time, people abolished tool shops and built furniture markets here.
At present, the furniture market of Shastri Park was third since Kirti Nagar and Panchkula Road. Salim said that the fire on Saturday destroyed all the belongings of many people. Now, these shopkeepers are worried about their families. Local shopkeepers have also appealed to the government for help.