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Garments worth OMR18,000 gutted in Muttrah shop fire


Mateen was selling costly ladies garments. Photo supplied

Muscat: Garments worth thousands of rials were destroyed when a shop caught fire in the tailoring and garments shop lane behind Muttrah police station on Friday morning.

"We have suffered losses of around OMR18,000 in the fire. We had re-opened the shop three days ago after renovation. Costly garments were stocked there," Mohammed Mateen, the Pakistani owner, told Times of Oman.

"At around 8am, we got a phone call from one of our friends that smoke was coming out of our shop. We rushed to the spot and also called the police. However, by then the fire had spread. It was the civil defence team which stopped the fire from spreading to neighbouring shops," Mateen added.

Mateen had bought garments from Dubai and there were also four tailors employed in the shop.

"The shop was not insured. Now, I don't know what to do. We have lost everything. The reason behind the fire has not yet been ascertained. The police have initiated a probe," Mateen, who had spent OMR2,500 for renovating the shop, said.

Garment shop suffers setback
According to neighbouring shop owners, the timely intervention of the civil defence authority and the ambulance team stopped the fire from spreading.
 
"Mateen was selling costly ladies garments. One piece would cost around OMR50. He must have a suffered a huge loss. The shop was renovated a few days ago," a neighbouring shop owner said. There are hundreds of garment and tailoring shops in the lane behind the police station and adjoining areas of Muttrah Souq.

Two years ago, a fire in a textile shop in Muttrah Souq had damaged property and goods worth OMR100,000. The fire was noticed in the wee hours by people living nearby and they had immediately informed the ROP.

Fire fighters had to struggle to contain the fire as the tankers could not enter the narrow bylanes of the souq.

To get in touch: reji@timesofoman.com

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The best solution is to make insurance compulsory for shops and stocks.