A major fire broke out at Kunnamkulam, Thrissur, early this morning. The fire, which broke out at a scrap shop on Yesudas road at 4.30 am, soon spread to a paper godown and a binding centre nearby. Five units of the fire brigade were called to put out the blaze.
The fire is said to have started from the back of the scrap shop that is owned by Mustafa, a native of Pattambi. The cause for the fire is still unclear. Preliminary estimates put the loss at Rs. 15 lakh.
In 2012 at a fire outbreak at Parempadam, near Kunnamkulam, gutted three shops including a painting garage and six cars parked in the garage, completely. The fire, which started at the paddy fields near the shops, later spread to the shops.
When the locals called the fire and rescue team at Kunnamkualam, the officers were busy dealing with another fire outbreak. Rescue operations were also hit by a hartal called by the BJP in the district. It was calculated that properties worth Rs 1 crore were gutted in the fire.