As many as 19 furniture shops were gutted after a fire broke out at illegal furniture market of Lakhnaur village on Mohali-Landran road in the early hours of Sunday. Nobody was injured in the incident. The shopkeepers said that the furniture items worth Rs 10 crore were gutted. Short circuit was said to be the reason behind the fire. The Deputy Commissioner marked an inquiry into the incident.
The fire broke out around 4.15 am. A security guard who was on duty informed some shopkeepers. The fire brigade was informed at 4.55 am. Seven fire tenders, including five from Mohali, one each from Chandigarh and Derabassi were pressed into service. The fire brigade took around 5.30 hours to control the fire.
The market is spread over 3.5 acres of land and is located just opposite the Border Security Force’s (BSF) complex. The market was set up in 1994. But the market was not regularised either by any civic body or by the district administration. Apart from the furniture, two sheds which were meant to store wood were gutted, too.
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