Kunduz blaze guts dozens of shops, causes $3.5m losses
KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): Dozens of shops were reduced to ashes as a huge fire swept through a market, causing losses of around $3.5 million in the capital of northern Kunduz province, an official said on Saturday.
The overnight fire broke out due to a short circuit at 9:30pm and engulfed shops around the Central Square 30, shopkeepers’ union leader Iamanullah told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Initial assessment indicates the fire left 30 shops in ruins and partially damaged 40 others besides causing $3.5 million losses to shopkeepers, he said.
Apparently shell-shocked, one affected shopkeeper Sher Ali said his garments and cosmetics and boutique worth $100,000 had been burnt.
He accused the local authorities of failing to control the blaze in time. Prompt action would have prevent the losses, he believed, asking the government for compensation.
They had sought the assistance from the fire departments of Takhar and Baghlan provinces and controlled the fire at around 11:30pm, local officials said.
However, police spokesman Syed Sarwar Hussaini said police reached the scene to rescue the goods of shopkeepers. Nearly 30 shops were completely burnt but exact losses were not yet clear.
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