Fire in Sector 53 furniture market in Chandigarh; huge losses reported

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Fire fighters trying to douse the fire at furniture market in Sector 53 of Chandigarh on Monday, September 28, 2015. Express photo by Jasbir Malhi

The Hush Post| 10:45 am| 1-min-read

A major fire broke at the furniture market alongside the road separating Sector 53 and 54 in Chandigarh. Furniture and foam material worth over Rs one crore is reported to have been destroyed in the fire. The Fire Department had received a call about the fire at 10.05 pm on Tuesday night.

Around twelve fire engines were pressed into service. The presence of highly inflammable material like varnish, foam, thinner, plywood, etc aggravated the fire and hampered fire control measures.

According to a news report, welding work was going on in Krishna Furniture shop. Mechanics were welding some iron grill when a spark produced from the welding machine caused fire.

The fire soon spread and destroyed the furniture and other material stored in other shops. The shops gutted down include Krishna Furniture, Ashok Furniture, Deluxe Furniture, Malwa Furniture, Harkrishan Furniture, Shambee Furniture and Rajpreet Furniture.

After an initial struggle of about 2 hours, the fire was partially brought under control. Traders who own shops reached the market and ran helter-skelter to save their material. Nothing much could be saved as the fire flaggerated within minutes.
Senior officers of the MC and the UT Administration reached the spot. The road leading to the furniture market had to be closed for vehicular traffic. Traffic remained disrupted in the area for nearly two hours.

A fireman told a national daily that around 20 shops were gutted. However, no loss of life was reported.

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