30 cracker shops gutted

Sambalpur: About 30 cracker shops were completely gutted in a devastating fire that took place near the Gangadhar Meher College here today. Fire brigade personnnel suspect that the fire spread from a nearby tea stall.

The fire was first spotted around ten past fifteen in a cracker shop. Everything was reduced to ashes by the time the fire tenders reached the spot. Crackers worth lakhs were destroyed in the fire. However no casualty has been reported.