A massive fire broke out in the early hours of Thursday, April 2, at Shivajinagar's Bamboo Bazaar area in Bengaluru amid coronavirus pandemic.
At least 13 shops were gutted in the fire in the most popular timber market area in Bengaluru. No casualties have been reported so far. The cause of the fire remains unknown.
17 fire tenders rushed to the spot
At least 17 fire tenders were rushed to douse the fire and contained it from spreading to the residential areas. The shops, which were almost 50 years old, sold Burma Teak, plywood and other antique furniture.
Inspecting the fire mishap, Bengaluru City Police Commissioner, Bhaskar Rao, IPS said, "The fire broke out around 3.25 am (on Thursday). Over 13 shops are severely affected, some of which are as old as 50 years," he said. He further added, "The devastating fire has resulted in the loss of lots of property and the owners do not have insurance."
According to the police official, a godown which had stocked air-conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators have also been gutted. The city police also ensured that people do not gather in crowds keeping Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in mind.
The fire accident took place amid coronavirus pandemic which hit Karnataka recording nine new Covid-19 positive cases, raising the total to 110 so far. "Till date, 110 Covid positive cases have been confirmed in the state which includes three deaths and nine discharges," said a health official. Among the 98 Covid-19 patients isolated in designated hospitals across the state, 95 are stable, including a pregnant woman while three are critical.
(To be further updated)