Jamshedpur, April 14: In a major fire mishap, clothes and garments worth several lakhs were gutted at Bistupur market on Tuesday morning.
About ten shops were gutted, three of them completely as the fire was triggered from a saree shop and later spread to the adjoining shops.
As the news spread, fire tenders from Jharkhand fire station in Golmuri, Tata Steel and Tata Motors rushed to the spot to douse the fire flames.
They took over three hours for bringing the flames under control. Panic gripped the market as the shop owners too rushed to the spot.
The shops that were completely gutted were DM Dutta Saree Shop, SM Bhatia Cloth Store and RK Enterprises a garment shop, and the shops which were partially affected due to the fire were Nabya Fashion, Dupatta Sagar, Bhatia Saree Centre and Shankar Paduka Cloth Store.
Thick clouds of black smoke was first noticed out of DM Dutta Saree shop, located in the corner of a row of shops, mostly that of cloth and garment shops.
As the market was completely closed due to lockdown and very few people were moving around the market place, the incident came to the fore a little late.
OC, Bistupur police station, Rajesh Prakash Sinha said that they are investigating as to what led to fire. They got a call about the fire at about 11 am, and soon they had informed Jharkhand fire brigade. He said they had subsequently informed the Tata Steel as well. He pointed out a fire tender from Tata Motors joined the fire fighting later on.
“We are yet to ascertain as to what led to the fire mishap. The cause behind the fire mishap is yet to be known as the market was completely closed but as the fire had started from a saree shop, we assumed that there must be a short circuit or some other reason that caused the fire.
We are investigating into the cause of fire by pressing the utility company’s electrical department in service,” Sinha said.
The news of the fire mishap had spread like a wild fire, leading owners of over 50 shops to reach the Bistupur market.
Several shop owners were seen vacating their shops in apprehension that the fire may engulfed the shops.