Property worth lakhs destroyed in Lolab fire

SHAHID RAFIQ

Sogam (Kupwara) July 18: Property worth lakhs of rupees was destroyed in a devastating fire at Sogam market in Lolab valley last night. About two dozen shops were gutted in fire that erupted around 2.20 AM.
 A few government offices including Treasury, post office, sub division Irrigation department, and library also suffered partial damage in devastating fire. The fire and emergency services Kupwara pressed into service 18 fire tenders from 16 stations to douse the flames.
 In addition 17 fire engines supplied water from open sources to bring fire under control. “The fire was brought under control after nearly two hours of strenuous work. We spared no effort in preventing fire from spreading to nearby houses and local Masjid,” said Bashir Ahmad Shah,
 Assistant Director Fire and Emergency Kupwara, who rushed to the spot and supervised the firefighting operations.
 The incident created panic in the locality and people including women and children rushed to spot to help the fire services douse the flames. Army’s 28 RR, CRPF’s 98 battalion, and police assisted fire department in dousing the flames.
 “Fire service, police, army and CRPF did a commendable job to bring fire under control. They made every effort to prevent fire from spreading further. The fire could have inflicted heavy collateral damage had there not been timely and swift action,” said Sarpanch Sogam Bashir Ahmad Lone and DC Kupwara.
 SSP Kupwara Abdul Jabbar, Brigadier 8 sector, DP Pandey and CO CRPF 98 battalion also visited the spot. Minister for Rural development and
 Panchyati Raj Ali Muhammad Sagar also visited the spot and assured that affected families would be given compensation. He asked district administration to built a water reservoir in the village. Sagar was accompanied by former MLA Lolab Qaiser Jamsheed Lone.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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