: A total of 30 shops, including a timber depot, mango and orange godowns and a two-wheeler service station, were gutted at Dharbar Nagar near Natham central bus stand in the wee hours of Monday.

Fire tenders from Natham, Madurai and Kottampatti were rushed to the spot and fought for several hours to extinguish the fire.

Traffic was closed on Natham-Dindigul main road for a few hours.

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