A fire broke out at a furniture market near Kalindi Kunj station in Delhi on Friday morning, interrupting Metro services on the magenta line.
An unidentified officer told ANI that no one was injured in the blaze. Chief Fire Officer Atul Gar said the fire was reported at 5.55 am and doused almost four hours later with the help of 17 fire tenders, PTI reported.
Unidentified fire officials said the blaze spread rapidly due to the presence of wooden and plastic material stored in the area, The Times of India reported. The fire department reportedly evacuated a few houses in the area.
“The furniture market is spread over 2,000 square yards and the fire had spread rapidly as a large amount of wood and plastic material was stored in the area,” PTI quoted a senior fire official as saying. “Several furniture shops were gutted. However, no one was injured as the fire broke out early morning and the shops were yet to open.
Fire officials said the blaze spread to pillar numbers 205 and 206 of the Kalindi Kunj metro station.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said train movement was stopped temporarily between Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh and Kalindi Kunj. “Soon after the incident was reported, movement of trains were stopped temporarily between Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh and Kalindi Kunj metro stations due to smoke and fire from underneath the aqueduct,” a corporation official said. “Short loops were run between Janakpuri West and Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh till normal services were resumed.”
Train services resumed between Botanical Garden and Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, the Delhi Metro said in an update at 10.30 am.