Delhi’s Chandini Chowk Fire: 50 Shops Destroyed; Cooling Operation Underway

The fire took place in Chandini Chowk’s Old Katra Marwadi Market around 5pm. Atul Garg, Delhi Fire Services (DFS) Chief said that the fire was brought under control by the firefighters at 4:30am. He added that for the cooling operation eight fire tenders have been deployed. And more than 50 fire tenders and 200 personnel worked overnight to control the fire.
Delhi's Chandini Chowk Fire

Delhi's Chandini Chowk Fire

Photo : PTI
Delhi: A massive fire broke out in Delhi's Chandni Chowk area on Thursday evening, consuming 50 shops in flames. The fire primarily affected two tightly packed buildings, resulting in extensive damage, with fortunately no reported casualties or injuries.
Officials on Friday said that the flames were still simmering under some collapsed parts of buildings and a cooling operation is underway, a PTI report said. The fire took place in Chandini Chowk’s Old Katra Marwadi Market around 5pm.
Atul Garg, Delhi Fire Services (DFS) Chief said that the fire was brought under control by the firefighters at 4:30am. He added that for the cooling operation eight fire tenders have been deployed. And more than 50 fire tenders and 200 personnel worked overnight to control the fire.
Two buildings which were housing multiple small shops, including the one where the fire started, collapsed due to intense fire. Officials also informed that the shops which were destroyed used to sell sarees, dupattas and other combustible items.
MK Meena, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) said that the forensics and electricity departments will initiate an inspection after the cooling operation is finished. Another officer said that the fire broke out because of a short circuit in an air conditioner in a shop on the second floor of one of the buildings and it immediately spread to nearby shops. The officer mentioned that it was hard for the firefighters to douse the fire as shops are interconnected in the narrow lanes of the old Katra Marwadi Market. But further investigations are ongoing.
Deepal Mahendru, Nai Sadak Traders Welfare Association President said that the number of shops which got damages could go up to 100. He added that traders and customers are afraid to go inside the shops because of the heat. After the completion of the cooling operation and inspection, the losses would be calculated in crores.
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