A fire broke out inside a showroom in South Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar Central Market on Saturday. Officials said they received a call from I-block in Central Market around 10.20 am following which 30 fire tenders and several ambulances were rushed to the spot.
More than 70 firefighters have been deployed at the spot to douse the fire.
Atul Garg, Delhi Fire Services Chief, said, “The fire spread from the showroom to other areas and we are trying to control it. No casualties have been reported so far.”
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According to officials, the fire was doused by 2.20 pm and presently cooling operations are underway. Firefighters sprayed water inside the shops from elevated trolleys. Initially, the fire department had sent 30 tenders with more than 100 personnel given the spread of fire. Post 2.30 pm, more than five tenders are involved in the cooling process.
The fire engulfed three buildings and six blocks as per fire officials and locals. Since majority shops were of cloth and garments, the fire quickly escalated towards adjacent plots. The smoke billowing from the buildings was seen from at least 200 metres. With the temperatures exceeding 36 degrees, the firefighting operations have been particularly difficult.
A barricade was placed in the middle of the Central Market nearly 50 metres from the burnt shops. Other shops in the market resumed operations and a few customers trickled in. The shops within 10 metres vicinity have not been allowed to open.
“Fire trucks have reached the spot, rescue and relief operations are underway. I am continuously monitoring the situation and am in touch with Delhi Fire Department officials,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted earlier.