Not the first time; A fire broke out in Sector-53 furniture market situated at Chandigarh's border with SAS Nagar (Mohali) on 14 Sept. 2016 night. 8 Shops with goods worth crores of rupees were destroyed, having wooden furniture, foam, leather and thinner. This was the 8th fire incident at Chandigarh / Mohali furniture market in the last 16 years.
This all happened around 9:45 PM. 10 to 12 fire brigade were pressed into service from Chandigarh (8), SAS Nagar (2) and Derabassi. The flames were so high and fast-growing that trees along the road also caught fire and it took 2 hours for firemen to have control on it. The real cause of fire is still not known but there was a blast were heard just before this incident took place.
The police had blocked the area and the traffic was diverted. In a desperate attempt to save goods, shopkeepers removed furniture and put it on the road.
Fire department officials said they received the call around 9pm. “We reached here within 5-10 minutes and managed to control the fire by 11pm, but could not douse it as yet. We are taking help from our counterparts in SAS Nagar. The shops had highly inflammable material and the fire spread quickly,” said fire officer ML Sharma.
The furniture market was established in 1990 and has been catering to the local market as well as Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and other near by regions. This was the 8th fire incident at the market in the last 16 years.
8 times in 16 years: Earlier incidents
2015: 8 shops gutted in fire
2014: 5 shops destroyed
2012: 22 shops caught fire
2009: 8 shops destroyed
2002: 18 shops caught fire
2001: 10 shops destroyed
2000: 20 shops caught fire
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