Lahan, 1 December: Property worth Rs 20 million was gutted when fire broke out at two cloth shops of Golbazar Municipality - 4 in Siraha district.
The fire engulfed the Kanchan Vastralaya and Kisan Traders and Suppliers at Golbazar, destroying Rs 50 thousand in cash and cloth.
Cloth as well as all the other properties in the two adjoining shops was gutted by fire, Area Police Office Golbazar's Police Inspector Santosh Rai said.
All shutters of the shops were down at the time. Although it is suspected that the fire might have started due to a short circuit, the cause is not ascertained yet.
Rai said the fire was contained through joint efforts of Nepal Police, Nepali Army and locals with the help of fire trucks called from Golbazar, Mirchaiya and Lahan municipalities.