Army in Sikkim
A view of the fire.

Indian Army soldiers averted a major disaster in the early morning of Saturday when they turned firefighters and doused a huge fire.

After the fire broke out at Tsomgo market complex at around 3:25 AM, the Army Camp was alerted, and immediately, the troops of the Trishakti Corps rushed to the site of the incident.

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The timely response by the fire-fighting party of local army troopers helped in the containment of the spread of fire.

The troops without caring for their own safety, quickly cut off the electric supply and cordoned the shops on fire.

A total of 11 fire fighting groups of the Army prepared fire lane around shops and isolated the burning shops from the remaining market.

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The fire was contained and not allowed to spread to the neighbouring shops.

“The Army soldiers in the finest traditions of the Indian Army worked relentlessly to save human lives and material, and the raging fire was brought under control by around 5:30 AM,” said a defence statement.

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