Fire engulfs hotel, shops in Pahalgam

KL Report

SRINAGAR

A fire in south Kashmir’s Pahalgam tourist resort Monday evening destroyed a hotel and two dozen shops, while a devastating blaze destroyed a tyre factory in Jammu although there was no loss of life, officials said.

Police said the fire in Pahalgam destroyed the local tourist reception centre, a hotel and two dozen shops in the main market where a dozen fire tenders battled the blaze.

“The fire started in the Pahalgam market in the evening,” police sources said.

Pahalgam is presently packed with hundreds of tourists who have come to escape the scorching heat in the plains.

In Jammu, police said a fire broke out in Shiva Industries in Bari-Brahamana industrial area. Half a dozen fire tenders battled the blaze and prevented it from spreading to other buildings.

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