Fire Destroys 46 Shops at the Fruit Market in Patna

Fire at the fruit market in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: More than 40 fruit shops were gutted when a fire swept the Bazaar Samiti Musallahpur Haat wholesale market in Patna on Sunday afternoon destroying fruits and other properties in excess of Rs. 5 crore.

As reported, the devastation was caused by a small fire that began in a pile of trash behind Bahadurpur police station around 12:30 pm which soon spread in the fruit shops due to strong wind blowing from the west side. Within minutes, 46 shops dealing with bananas, oranges, grapes, apples, and other fruits were completely engulfed in flame destroying everything in its way including vehicles parked nearby, fruit carts, and accounting books in each store.

Eyewitnesses said first a few temporary shops in the area became the victim of the fire that immediately spread in the 16 shops located in the A-Block. Continuing to move eastward, the fire then engulfed 20 shops under the shed and 10 others located on the sidewalk.

The biggest damage was incurred in shops numbered between 52 and 66 and between 144 and 146.

Fortunately, no one was said to be injured in the massive fire.

Seven fire trucks, four from Kankarbagh and three from Patna City, battled the flame for over three hours before getting full control of the situation.

Shop owners blamed the administration for not removing trash for days and threatened to go on a hunger strike on Monday if the government failed to compensate them for their loss.

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