A devastating fire broke out in a market in Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills district on Thursday night reducing to ashes almost the entire market place.

Four fire tenders from Shillong and two from Lad Rymbai were pressed into service to douse the blaze at Iawmusiang market that leaped through the area for several hours, police said.

Over 170 shops were gutted in the market - the main market place located in the district headquarters town of Jowai.

Police did not rule out the hand of miscreants but investigations were on.

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