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Goods worth 200m afs lost to Khost market fire

Goods worth 200m afs lost to Khost market fire

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May 28, 2015 - 15:23

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Property worth 200 million afghanis turned into ashes after a huge fire swept through a wood market overnight in the capital of southeastern Khost province, an official said on Thursday.

Khost Mayor Karamat Khan Khpalwak told Pajhwok Afghan News the fire broke out on Wednesday night shortly after 9pm in a furniture market and quickly engulfed the entire market.

He said 195 shops and all furniture inside had turned into ashes and initial investigation estimated the losses at 190 million afghanis.

Besides wood and furniture, he said, all carpentry equipment and machines had destroyed in the blaze.

Crime branch police official Col. Guldad Mandozai said their investigation showed the fire was caused by a gas cylinder. “In order to properly investigate the cause of the fire, we have constituted a seven-member team,” he said.

A fire bridge official Saifullah told Pajhwok Afghan News they reached the scene few minutes after the fire erupted, but the blaze continued increasing.

He said they were able to somehow control the fire at about 2am last night, but could not put it out entirely until Thursday morning with spraying water.

He said they were joined by water tankers belonging to the Afghan National Army and the municipality in controlling the fire.

A white-bearded affected shop owner, Rozi Khan, said he reached the scene when his shop had gutted.

“There were wooden doors, windows, timber and carpentry machines worth 3.5 million Pakistani rupees. But you can see only ashes now.”

It’s worth mentioning that a fire incident in the same market destroyed about 400 shops three years ago.

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