Srinagar- At least eight houses were gutted while over 35 others are engulfed as massive fire rages in hilly area of Banihal in Ramban district, officials said.
They said fire erupted in Hijwah village of Mahu Mangit area under the jurisdiction of police post Khari.
The area is hilly and houses are mainly made of wood, the officials said. So far eight houses have been gutted in the fire the cause of which is still unknown. The area is around 40 kilometres district headquarters.
SHO Banihal Nayeem Matoo said that efforts are underway to douse off the flames.
Several Shops Gutted In Massive Blaze In South Kashmir's Aishmuqam
At least six shops besides a residential house were gutted in a massive fire incident which broke out in Ziyarat Chowk Aishmuqam in this south Kashmir district on Tuesday morning.
Reports said that the incident possibly occurred due to gas (LPG) leakage from a shop near the shrine.
The flames were seen erupting out from one the shops' which soon after spread to a wider area, resulting in damage to five other shops including a residential house.
Upon intimation, the fire tenders reached the spot and with the assistance of locals brought the enraging fire into control.
MC Chairman said that the fire has occurred due to gas leakage.
"The fire has caused damage to several shops however there is no injury to anyone in the incident", he said adding that "fire has been brought under control."
Meanwhile Tehsildar Pahalgam said that the fire caused damage to at least six shops and a residential house.
"It possibly happened due to gas leakage from the shop of a non-local labourer, making sweets", he said.
"We are on spot to assess the situation", the official further said. (GNS)
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