New Delhi, Aug 4: A 100-year-old dilapidated building housing offices, shops and godowns collapsed on Saturday night in Delhi's Chandni Chowk, triggering off a minor fire. Nobody was injured, police and fire officials said.
The building named B M Shah, bang opposite the famous Gauri Shankar temple in Chandni Chowk, houses several hundred shops, offices and godowns, where crores of rupees worth business used to be transacted.
Local residents said, a portion of the building began to lean on Saturday afternoon and the local municipal corporation officials were informed, but being a weekend, none of the officials turned up.
At around 1 am, the five-storeyed building suddenly started collapsing and police and fire brigade were called in.
A godown inside the building caught fire due to short circuit. Firemen removed the rubble to extinguish the fire.
The remaining front portion of the old building is also on the verge of collapse, with shutters of shops leaning out.