Ramban: A major fire destroyed property worth crores of rupees, 28 shops and a house in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the fire erupted in the main market in Khari, 16km from Banihal town, at around 10:45pm on Friday.

In a one-and-a-half-hour rescue operation, fire and emergency services personnel put out the blaze. The report added that the Army personnel from the nearby camp and local residents also joined the fire-fighting operation.

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It is reported that the fire broke out in a shop apparently due to a short circuit and within no time engulfed other shops in the market.

Meanwhile, a case has been registered and further investigation is on.

Locals also protested over the administration’s alleged failure to provide a fire station in Tehsil.

The protesters dispersed peacefully after the local tehsildar's assurance that their demand would be brought to the notice of appropriate quarters.