At least 18 houses were gutted in a blaze that broke out in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, leaving 30 families homeless, officials said on Friday.
The fire broke out late on Thursday at Sweeper Colony in the Noorbagh area, they said, adding that police, fire and emergency services department were pressed into service to douse it.
Luckily there was no loss of life reported in the incident.
According to locals, soon after the fire broke out they informed the fire services department, police, and the army.
Deputy Director Fire and Emergency services Baramulla, Abdul Khaliq said, that as the fire broke out in the areas, fire tenders from Sopore, Sangrama, Rafiabad, and Baramulla were rushed to the spot to douse the flames. “At least 31 families have been left homeless as their houses were turned into ashes due to the deadly blaze,” he said.
Officials from the administration sent teams to review the situation and estimate the damages. Tents and food were being provided among those affected by the fire. “As per the authority’s direction, we will provide compensation to all the affected families,” said Naib Tehsildar Baramulla, Ghulam Muhammad Chopan.