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.
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)