BHOPAL: A fire broke out in shanties near timber market at Chhola on Tuesday night. A cooking gas cylinder blast was also reported from the site. It happened around 11 pm, when a shanty was gutted in fire. The fire soon spread to three other shanties by the time the fire brigade arrived and doused flames.
It took over two-and-a-half hours for fire fighters to bring fire under control. The fire was brought under control by 2.30 am. The Chhola Mandir police have registered a case in this connection.
Fire fighter Pankaj Yadav said fire had gutted all the four shanties before rescue work could finish. Local residents alleged that a woman in drunken state burnt her own shanty that caused fire to spread. However, police have yet to confirm it.