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16 shops gutted in Cavelossim fire

Margao: In a major fire that broke out at Cavelossim on Sunday afternoon around 16 temporary shops were totally gutted.

Fortunately, there were no injuries reported though the temporary structures were totally burnt with all the goods, mostly garments. The total loss is estimated to be around Rs 10 lakh.

The fire is believed to have broken out between 2 pm and 2.30 pm and spread fast due to the heat and strong wind. However, the staff of neighbouring Hati Mahal hotel rushed to the rescue with their fire-fighting equipment including fire extinguishers and water hoses.

The fire services tender arrived about an hour later and had to call for assistance to control the fire.

In all 7 fire tenders battled the fire for 5 hours in an operation that was managed by leading Fire Fighter S N Salunke.

The 16 shops belonged to two different people in the property which is registered in the name of Conceicao Cardoso. [H]

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