Darya­ganj tent house gut­ted as short cir­cuit sparks fire

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NETWORK

New Delhi: Goods worth lakhs were dam­aged when a tent house was gut­ted in a ma­jor fire near Delhi Gate in cen­tral Delhi’s Darya­ganj on Wed­nes­day evening. Thir­teen fire ten­ders were pressed in to control the flames that was doused af­ter a three-hour bat­tle.

Of­fi­cials said the tent house was empty at the time of the in­ci­dent so no one was in­jured. Fire­men sus­pect a short­cir­cuit caused the blaze.

Chief fire of­fi­cer Atul Garg said work­ers no­ticed flames in one of the godowns at around 6pm. Soon the blaze spread through the en­tire tent house. The work­ers tried to douse the flames ini­tially and later in­formed the fire depart­ment.

“At first we sent 10 fire ten­ders to the spot, but later three more were pressed in as a pre­cau­tion since the area was heav­ily con­gested,” said Garg.

Po­lice said that the tent house op­er­ated from a three-storey build­ing be­hind the tele­phone ex­change in Darya­ganj. The build­ing was found stuffed with clothes and other in­flam­able items, due to which the fire spread rapidly.

The in­ten­sity of the fire was such that it dam­aged the foun­da­tion of the build­ing and some ad­ja­cent struc­tures too. Acase has been reg­is­tered.

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