Blaze damages 6 shops in Kupwara

At least six shops were gutted in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Saturday.

An official said that the fire broke out in the Cooperative Bank unit at 11:30 pm and spread to six adjoining shops.

“Property worth lakhs of rupees was reduced to ashes before the fire could be controlled at around 2 am,” an official said.

Though six shops were gutted, the joint efforts of the Fire Services department, Police, Army and locals averted a major tragedy in the Kupwara market.

The affected shopkeepers demanded the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha’s administration for timely compensation so that they can resume their business.

Police has registered a case into the incident.