6 houses damaged in Maharaj Gunj blaze
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6 houses damaged in Maharaj Gunj blaze

Six houses were damaged in a fire incident on Saturday at Maharaj Gung locality in Downtown here

Six houses were damaged in a fire incident on Saturday at Maharaj Gung locality in Downtown here

Locals said fire broke out at around 11:45 am from the shop of Sameer Ahmed Najar located at the third floor of local masjid complex.

The fire spread to other houses in the congested Maharaj Gung and damaged upper floors of most of the houses there.

Many shops including a wood carving shop was also partially damaged in the incident.

Around eight fire tenders from Nawa Bazar, Safa Kadal, Bari Nambal, Batamaloo and Babademb fire stations were rushed to the spot to douse off the flames.

Only last month, eight houses were gutted in a fire incident in the same locality.

The residents blamed the administration for not restoring the decades old fire station at Maharaj Gunj.

"The old fire station was dismantled few years ago as the building was declared unsafe. The administration had assured us that it will be restored soon, but nothing was done," said Ayaz Zehgeer, chief organizer of Beopar Mandal Maharah Gunj.

"Due to the congestion in the area, the fire spreads in no time, We need our old fire station restored in our area which can react to such incident quickly to evade the large scale damage", He said.

The trader's body of Maharaj Gung said that they have been going from pillar to post so that the fire station at maharajgunj can be restored.

 "We met authorities many times so that the old fire station that was here few years back could be restored but nothing has been done, the fire could be easily kept from spreading if fire station would have been here", said Khurshid Ahmed, president of Beopar Mandal Maharaj Gunj. 

The trader's body demanded restoration of the fire station at Maharaj Gunj at the earliest.

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