Fabric, tailor shops gutted in GhazniBy Saifullah Maftoon Jul 29, 2012 - 13:13
GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Dozens of shops were destroyed in a blaze triggered by an electric short circuit in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, officials said on Sunday.
The fire erupted on Saturday night in a two-storey fabric and tailoring market in the Bazazi area of the city, Deputy Governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Fabric shops were located on the first floor and tailoring shops on the second. Initially, the fire could not be controlled and residents sought assistance from Polish troops, who managed to douse the fire, he added.
The second floor was comprehensively damaged but shopkeepers on the first floor managed to save their goods, said Mohammad Omar, a shopkeeper in the market. Some of the goods were looted by the people, he claimed.
“After the fire I tried to remove fabrics from my shop, but half of my stock went missing,” said another shopkeeper, Mohammadullah.
A shopkeeper, Abdullah, said dozens of shops were gutted and traders had suffered losses worth millions of afghanis.
However, provincial police chief Col. Zarawar Zahid rejected traders’ claims that some of their goods had been stolen by the policemen deployed to the area. A firefighter was injured in the mishap, he said.