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MARDAN, June 17: An inferno reduced 50 shops to ashes in Takhtbhai area of Mardan district, causing millions of rupees loss to traders.

TNN correspondent says the burnt shops include footwear shops, general stores and soap-making factories.

Some archaeological building of the British era also caught fire and were burnt completely.

The police say the fire erupted because of electricity short-circuiting in a shop.