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Fire engulfs firecracker shops at Delhi Darwaja Saturday, November 17, 2001
Source - AsianAge
Ahmedabad: At least eight stalls selling crackers were reduced to cinders near Delhi Darwaja after a fire engulfed them wrecking havoc to the festive mood on the eve of the New Year Day.
About 20 fire fighters were immediately rushed to the spot to douse the fire and exercise was on when the last report came in at 9 pm. The police team, and police commissioner P.C. Pande, rushed to the spot to monitor the situation. The fire is believed to have been sparked off at around 8.10 pm.
No death was reported from official sources but unconfirmed sources reported that several have received burn injuries due to the fire from the explosive crackers. The location of the stalls, all selling crackers for the festival of light, built close to each other, added fuel to the situation. Sources said it was just one shop that initially caught fire but the proximity of the other shops soon led to the spread of fire to other shops.
The situation became panicky as the news of the fire spread in the area and rumourmongers put the number of shops burnt to 25, which was denied by officials. Despite rigid norms set by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation for acquiring licenses for sale of crackers the fire has proved that they were given a go by.
News Source : The AsianAge [ The coolest newspaper for city ]