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Fire engulfs commercial hub of NE 'Fancy Bazar'
Posted on: 12-11-2015 , 11:20:AM | DY365 Bureau

Nov 12, 2015- Amidst the Diwali festivities, tragedy struck the commercial hub of north-east Fancy Bazar in Guwahati after fire engulfed the New Market at SRCB Road late Wednesday night. The devastating fire soon spread into nearby residential buildings and market complexes triggering panic in the area. Radha Market, Shiva Market was completely reduced to ashes. Meanwhile, the district administration fearing further loss of life and property ordered for evacuation in the adjoining areas. Eyewitness revealed that at least 100 cylinder explosions took place due to the fire resulting in loss of properties worth several crores of rupees. Fire fighters reached the spot immediately and were continuing its efforts to dowse the fire till Thursday morning. SDRF and NDRF officials were also pressed into service. Meanwhile, more than 50 families residing in the area had a narrow escape. Deputy Commissioner M. Angamuthu, Commissioner of Police Mukesh Agarwala, MP of Guwahati LS constituency Bijoya Chakravarty arrived at the spot and took stock of the situation. Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs spoke over the phone with state Chief Secretary V K Pipersenia and took stock of the situation. He further urged the chief secretary to take up necessary measures to tackle the situation and assured of all possible help. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi after his visit to Fancy Bazar said that appropriate safety measures should be taken up in order to prevent recurrence of such incidents.

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