Scarcity of water, slim lanes and weak buildings had been among the many main challenges confronted throughout firefighting operations on the wholesale market of the Bhagirath Palace in Chandni Chowk right here, officers stated on Friday.
Greater than 100 retailers had been gutted in a large hearth on the market with cooling operations nonetheless underway, they stated. The hearth started at round 9 pm on Thursday night time in a store and unfold to different institutions, they stated.
Merchants stated they’d suffered losses of over Rs 400 crores because of the blaze.
In keeping with the fireplace division, resulting from lack of water provide within the locality, a distant managed machine utilized in fire-fighting operations proved to be much less efficient.
“It was not very efficient because it requires plenty of water and there was already acute scarcity due to non-availability of any water tank close to by.
“Chandni Chowk, which is already a congested space with slim roads made it tough for the fireplace tenders to enter the spot. At some locations, our fire-fighter had been compelled to interrupt the limitations which had been put up for beautification of Chandni Chowk,” stated Atul Garg, Director, Delhi Hearth Service.
One other problem was that the fireplace tenders needed to be parked on the highway facet as they might not acquire entry into the slim lanes of the blaze-affected spot, he stated. “Lengthy water hoses had for use to hold water for greater than 300 metres throughout fire-fighting operations. Nevertheless, an individual named Ankit who works at a close-by metro station performed an instrumental position in offering water sources or else the blaze may have unfold to a a lot bigger space resulting in extra damages,” he added.
No accidents have been reported to date and merchants suspect short-circuit to be the rationale behind the incident.
5 main buildings received affected through the fire-fighting operations out of which three collapsed, they stated.
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