Tribune press service
Amritsar, November 5
At a time when locals were busy celebrating Diwali, two stores, including a ready-to-wear store in Putlighar, were emptied. Even an adjoining store and merchandise worth lakhs were destroyed in the incident.
Eyewitnesses immediately informed the firefighters. About ten fire trucks and 40 firefighters were put into service to extinguish the flames. It took about three hours to put out the flames.
Cops also arrived at the scene and said the case would be reviewed to determine the real reason for the incident.
Eyewitnesses said that fire suddenly erupted in Sai Creations. In no time at all, it engulfed the first floor and spread to the adjoining store as well. The shutters of the stores being lowered, the firefighters had to break it to enter the stores.
Firefighters said that due to the presence of clothing, cardboard boxes and polyethylene, the fire spread quickly. The city witnessed 19 fires on the night of Diwali. No loss of life has been reported.
Deputy Division Fire Officer Lovepreet Singh said we received calls until 3 a.m. He said firefighters were on guard all night. In the majority of cases, crackers were the main reason for the incidents.
The fires have been reported in Jahajgarh, Tarn Taran Road, Chheharta, Khasa, Golden Avenue, Sultanwind Road, Vrindavan Garden, Kabir Park and several other areas.