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 Massive fire destroys three bakery shops in Sheeri

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Sheeri: Three bakery shops were gutted and goods worth lakhs of rupees were reduced to ashes as fire broke out in market in Sheeri on Srinagar-Uri highway in Baramulla town on Tuesday.

Victim shopkeepers told Kashmir Images that fire broke out under mysterious circumstances from Anmol Bakery shop which engulfed adjacent double story bakery shops in which goods and machinery worth lakhs of rupees was destroyed.

“As people raised alarm after witnessing fire flames erupting from the rooftop of the bakery shop, locals tired to extinguish the fire but it went out of control spreading to other shops. Extensive damage was caused to three shops till fire tenders reached from Baramulla,” they said.

“We reached immediately after receiving the call but we had to travel 7 kilometers so it took some time. Locals had already started fighting operation but we controlled fire and put it off immediately,” said a fire service man.

People of the Sheeri Narwav area which is comprising of 40 villages have been demanding fire station from several years.

“We have been promised several times a fire station at Sheeri by successive governments but nothing was done so far. We are forced to come on roads,” said Preisdent Auwqaf Islamia Sheeri Ghulam Hussan Lone.

Pertinently, the then Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Peerzada Mushtaq Ahmed had sent a communication bearing number DCB/PS/343-45 dated 30-04-2015, requesting Director General Fire and Emergency Srinagar to take immediate appropriate measures for setting up a fire station at Sheeri.

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