A store selling electric items, a textile shop, a studio and hardware shop caught fire but there were no reports of casualties. The police estimated that the damage as a result of the fire was approximately Rs. 20 million. The Army, Air Force and Navy assisted the fire brigade to douse the flames. (Colombo Gazette) A major fire broke out in Puttalam this afternoon completely destroying two shops and damaging another two.The cause of the fire is still not known but it was believed some dirt set on fire behind one of the stores may have spread as a result of strong winds.