Over 20 shops were gutted following a fire which broke out in Embilipitiya this morning, the police media unit said.
The police said that the fire damaged the temporary shops erected in close proximity to the Embilipitiya bus stand.
A gas powered illuminator in one of the shops had caught fire resulting in the blaze spreading to around 23 shops.
Gas cylinders in the other shops also caught fire resulting in all the shops being completely destroyed within a short period of time, the police said.
There were no reports of deaths or injuries from the fire. Police investigations are underway.