Fire damages five showrooms in Delhi's Lajpat Nagar market
Five showrooms were damaged in a fire that broke out in a market area in Delhi on Saturday morning. However, no injuries were reported. The incident took place in south Delhi's Lajpat Nagar Central Market area, they said. According to the fire department, a call about the blaze was received around 10:20 am, following which 16 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
Origin and cause of the fire not known yet
"When fire tenders reached the spot, four showrooms were on fire and later (the blaze) spread to the fifth shop," Delhi Fire Service Director Atul Garg said It must have started early morning in one of the shops and then spread to the rest, Garg said, adding that its origin and cause were unknown.
Timely response avoided blaze from spreading to residential areas
It is suspected that the fire started through an electric fault in a showroom. Garg said the firemen were able to prevent the blaze from spreading further with a timely response to the call. "Our firemen showed great presence of mind and saved the fire from spreading to the residential areas behind the showrooms," he said.
Here's the video Garg tweeted
Thirty fire tenders, over 100 firefighters were on the spot
The operation to douse the blaze began from a lane between the rear gates of the showrooms to residential quarters. A total of 30 fire tenders and over 100 firefighters were on the spot to bring the fire under control, Garg said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "I am constantly monitoring the situation and in constant touch with the fire department officials."