Fires destroy hotel, tyre factory in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar: A fire in south Kashmir's Pahalgam tourist resort Monday 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," a police officer told IANS in Srinagar.

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

In Jammu, police said a fire broke out in Shiva Industries in Bari-Brahamana industrial area, 15 km from the Shaheedi Chowk city centre.

Half a dozen fire tenders battled the blaze and prevented it from spreading to other buildings, a police officer told IANS.

The cause of fire is being established.

Omar Abdullah visits Pahalgam to review situation after fire

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today visited Pahalgam to take stock of the situation following a fire at the Tourist Reception Centre there last evening. Omar was apprised about the incident.

He interacted with the affected people and assured them of all possible help for rehabilitation, a spokesman said. He expressed his solidarity and sympathy for the victims. The Chief Minister also spoke to officials of the Tourism Department about the incident, the spokesman added.

The fire broke out at the Tourist Reception Centre of the famous hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir's Anantnag district last evening, according to the police. There was no report of any casualty or injury, they had said. The blaze had also spread to a nearby hotel.

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