Kottayam: A major fire in an electronics appliances showroom virtually brought Kottayam town to a standstill on Monday evening. The incident occurred at the outlet near the Gandhi Square in the heart of the town around 5:10pm.
A passerby brought the fire to the notice of a policeman duty at Gandhi Square. The policeman, in turn, alerted the Fire and Rescue Services. A unit from the Kottayam Fire and Rescue station soon reached the spot and started fire-fighting operations but the blaze could not be controlled.
Soon, additional firemen and equipment were brought from Changanassery and the fire was finally controlled in a joint effort by 6:45pm.
When six fire-fighting units lined up along the M G Road for the operation, traffic was thrown out of gear in Kottayam town for several hours. Even though police personnel diverted traffic, the presence of a large number of onlookers at the scene of fire made things difficult for the law enforcers.