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13 shops gutted in midnight blaze

As many as 13 shops were completely reduced to ashes and property worth Rs 3.5 lakh gutted in a fire that broke out at Machali Patti locality in Dhanbad’s Purana Bazar late on Tuesday night.

Six more shops were partially affected in the 12.30am blaze. However, there was no casualty.

According to sources, the fire started from the makeshift vegetable shop of one Paras Chaudhary and spread to other kiosks. Mohammed Alauddin, who was sleeping in his egg shop, had a close shave as he fled soon after waking up.

Local residents informed Bank More police and firefighters along with a fire tender rushed to the spot around 1.30pm. The flames were doused after an hour-long battle.

“Prima facie, it appears that a short circuit triggered the fire. None of the vendors has claimed compensation till now,” said officer in charge of Bank More police station S.S. Tiwari.

Some of the vendors who were badly affected include Chaudhary, who lost property worth Rs 40,000; Subash Sao, a seed and manure seller, who suffered a blow of Rs 25,000; Janki Prasad who lost garlic worth Rs 55,000; and Awdhesh Prasad, whose two vegetable shops were gutted, making him poorer by Rs 40,000. Bhola Prasad’s grocery shop worth Rs 50,000 also went up in flames.

The shops that were partially burnt belonged to Chandan Kumar, Hari Khatik, Prem Khatik, Raghunath Singh and Harihar Chaudhary.

Councillor of ward No. 21 Lakhshmi Sanwaria said they would soon seek compensation for the affected people from the administration.

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