Furniture worth lakhs destroyed

Furniture worth lakhs destroyed

Furniture worth several lakhs of rupees was gutted in a major fire that engulfed a furniture market in Chandigarh late on Monday night and could be controlled only by early Tuesday, police said.

Firefighters had to battle the blaze in sector-53 for four to five hours to douse the fire. The fire department had to rush at least 10 fire tenders to control the blaze.

The furniture market, which is one of the bigger ones in the region and supplies furniture to areas in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, besides Chandigarh, looked like a big inferno as the fire spread.

The market is located near Chandigarh’s Beant Singh Memorial along the union territory’s boundary with Mohali town of adjoining Punjab. “Around 35 furniture shops were completely destroyed in the fire,” a fireman said.

Shopkeepers said their business was ruined. They said newly made wooden furniture, steel and iron furniture and plastic items were destroyed in the fire.

“We disconnected the electricity supply of the area to check the spread of the fire. We will look into the cause of the fire,” Chandigarh’s joint commissioner of the municipal corporation and chief fire officer Rajiv Gupta said.

Gupta said there was no loss of life or any injury to anyone.

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