Jiribam, Nov 7: At least five shops were gutted in a devastating fire last night at Lalpani bazar (Jiribam) located around 6 kms away from the zero point of Jiribam towards the southern site.
According to report culled from the site, the fire broke out at around 10 pm and it is suspected that the fire might have started from a tea stall.
Altogether 5 shops were completely destroyed by the fire along with the items inside them.
Speaking to media persons, Lalpani Bazar Committee secretary Md Jamal Hussain said the fire broke out at around 10 pm and immediately, the locals informed Jiribam Fire Service Department.
However, he lamented that the fire tenders arrived late and as such, the shops were lost. He appealed to the authority concerned to take up fast action when such devastating fire breaks out in the future.
He said that three fire tenders took 3 hours to put out the fire to prevent it from spreading further.
Though the exact loss in the fire has not yet been calculated, the loss is estimated to run into lakhs, he addedz.