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Last Updated: Fri, 17.05.13 16:46

Fire destroys massive property including popular bookstore, restaurants in Thamel

A massive fire broke out in tourist hub of Thamel in Kathmandu on Thursday night.

Armed Police Force personnel find stacks of banknotes from a fire breakout scene in Thamel, Kathmandu Thursday night. The fire came under control Friday morning. Nepalnews.com/ANA
Armed Police Force personnel find stacks of banknotes from a fire breakout scene ...

Latest television images show that the blaze which started at around 10 pm from a building near Kathmandu Guest House in Thamel and immediately spread to five houses has been fully brought under control only after 10 hours.

Shisha Terrace Café and Bar, the famous Pilgrims Book House including adjoining jewelry and curio shops have been fully destroyed in the fire. According to preliminary police estimates, the leaping blaze has fully or partially destroyed more than 20 houses, shops and restaurants as there are tight clusters of buildings in the narrow alleys of Thamel.

There has been no report of casualties, but police said that one person suffered minor injuries in the blaze.

Firefighters from Kathmandu Metropolitan City, police and the Army are still trying to put out the smoke while attempting to gauze the full extent of the damage caused by the fire.

Five fire engines had been sent to the spot to bring the fire under control late night. More than two hundred fire fighters, policemen and locals were involved in efforts to douse the fire and prevent it from spreading to adjoining houses.

The reason of the fire was yet to be confirmed, but it is learnt that the building from where the blaze started was made of wood and was thus prone to catching fire.

Although no casualties has taken place, but the loss in terms of property in the incident will run to millions of rupees, police said. Pilgrims Book House which has been in Thamel for many years was completely destroyed. Partially burnt books as well as various others artifacts from the book store were seen strewn across the narrow street.

Over the last few years, Kathmandu has seen few major fires breaking out at crowded places. nepalnews.com