Srinagar: A massive fire broke out in the main market area of Village Fatehgarh in north Kashmir district of Baramulla causing damage to the public property.
Meanwhile, Fire and Emergency officials said five shops were gutted in a devastating fire incident at Fatehgarh causing damage to the property.
Defence spokesman Col Emron Musavi said, a massive fire broke out in the main market area of Village Fatehgarh in the night of December 4 – 5 around 2110 hours.
He said the fire soon engulfed a large densely populated area built with wooden shops and residential areas. Trees in the vicinity also caught fire which extended the conflagration zone in the market.
Initially local volunteers from the village tried to control the blaze but failed to contain it followed by which help was sought from the Indian Army.
Responding to the break of fire, two teams of army including one Quick Reaction Team swiftly rushed to the site with fire fighting equipment.
Army troops without caring for their own safety, quickly formed a human chain from the water point to the incident site. The fire was contained and not allowed to spread to adjacent Shops, houses and trees.
Meanwhile local police, Fire Fighting teams from the fire service department and assistance from other security forces with water bowsers and other fire fighting equipment also moved for place of the incident.
Army troops paved the way for the local fire brigade and continued extinguishing the fire alongside the firefighters. After a strenuous firefight, the blaze was finally tamed at 01:15 AM.
Village Panchayat members witnessing the incident lauded the selfless efforts, professionalism and courage displayed by Army personnel for timely assistance provided in extinguishing the fire thereby minimising losses.
Senior Citizens of the village present also extended the thanks for the spirit of unity displayed by men in uniform.