Major fire engulfs shop at Aquem, 2 others damaged
12th July 2019, 02:38 Hrs
the goan I network
A major fire gutted a shop housing mattresses and plastic items such as chairs at Aquem on Thursday evening, destroying property worth lakhs of rupees.
Two adjoining shops and the premises located on the first floor of the building were also damaged in the incident.
Irate residents directed their ire at the Divisional Officer Nitin Raikar over the delay by the fire brigade to reach the spot. They also questioned Raikar over the delay in the turn out of the fire tenders after refilling. When Raikar was trying to leave the spot, the residents stopped him, demanding his presence at the site and asking him to call the fire tenders over the phone.
A total of seven fire tenders were pressed into service in the fire fighting operation that lasted more than two hours. Fire tenders from Curchorem, Verna and Ponda were requisitioned as the fire threatened to engulf the entire building.
Fire officer Gill De Souza told The Goan that though the owner Arun Prabhakar Desai is yet to assess the loss, it is estimated that property worth lakhs of rupees, in the region of Rs 9-10 lakh have been gutted in the fire.
Replying to a question, Gill said the owner spotted smoke billowing from the shop and immediately raised an alarm. “The Margao fire brigade received a call at around 5.50 pm on Thursday. As the fire threatened to go out of control, we immediately requisitioned the services of the fire tenders from Ponda, Verna and Curchorem as a precautionary measure,” he said, adding that a total of seven tenders were pressed into service to bring the fire under control after an operation that last over two hours.
The fire officer said the window panes of the premises located on the first floor of the building were damaged in the inferno. Besides, he said the compressor of the air conditioner installed in an adjoining restaurant was also damaged.
To a question, he suspected short circuit as the cause behind the major fire.
Further investigations are in progress.
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