The Friday’s blaze in a carpentry marketplace gutted 700 shops, a shopkeeper in the area, Rahmatullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the flames were so powerful that they burnt three carpentry markets within 10 minutes and speedily spread towards other shops.
He said all the yards were burnt in one and a half hours. “My eight carpentry shops were reduced to ashes and I suffered 20 million afghanis loss.”
He accused fire brigade personnel of carelessness in extinguishing the fire, saying if they had arrived in-time, the big financial losses to people could have been avoided.
Another carpenter Sharafuddin said the firefighters came late and lacked enough water as well.
Meanwhile, Taloqan timber merchant head Habibullah said the fire erupted at about 1:30pm on Friday, inflicting heavy financial losses on people. He asked the government to provide assistance to the victims.
Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS) official Eng. Habibullah, who is also member of a committee assigned to assess the losses caused by the fire, said the blaze reached the carpentry markets extended from a public bathroom.
Provincial deputy police chief, Col. Sayed Jahangir, said the fire spread very fast in carpentry compounds and fire brigade personnel were unable to put out the fire after calling in help from neighboring Kunduz province.
Provincial disasters management director Abdul Raziq Zanda confirmed the burning of 700 shops, 12 carpentry yards and millions of afghanis losses to people. He said a committee had been tasked to assess the losses and the findings would be later shared with the media.