Inferno consumes 25 houses in Baramulla

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Baramulla: At least 25 residential houses were gutted in a devastating fire at old town here on Monday night.

No loss of life was reported in the incident. However two people suffered burn injuries in the fire.

“In a devastating incident of fire, 25 residential houses were gutted last night here,” Deputy Commissioner of Baramulla Peerzada Mushtaq Ahmad Shah told media. “The houses were inhabited by 46 families.”

Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Peerzada Mushtaq Ahmad who visited the area on Tuesday morning interacted with civil society and fire victims. After assessing the damaged houses he assured that relief would be provided to them within two days.

“We will also take up matter of their rehabilitation with higher ups,” he said

According to police officials, fire began in one of the houses and immediately spread to adjacent houses. The officials of region’ s Fire and Emergency Services department said it took around three hours for them to douse the flames and contain the fire.

“The fire broke out Monday around 10:14 pm  and continued until 1 am on Tuesday,” an official from Fire and Emergency Services department said. “We pressed in 14 fire tenders to contain the blaze and prevent the flames from spreading to the locality.”

The cause of fire was being ascertained. However, preliminary investigations according to police suggest electric short circuit as a reason behind the fire.

In a similar incident in southern village of Kokernag, three houses were gutted.

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