3 houses, 7 shops gutted in fire

Three houses and seven shops were gutted in a devastating fire in Kishtwar’s  Dadpeth area, police said Saturday.

The fire broke out in one of the structures in the market area of Dadpeth village at about 1:30 am and soon engulfed the nearby buildings, they said.

“At about 2 am, fire and emergency services reached the spot and launched a fire fighting operation. After several hours, the flames were doused,” eye witnesses said, adding that water was lifted from Chenab river for at least two hours continuously to douse the blaze.

There was no loss of life or injury in the mishap.

Meanwhile, the district developmental commissioner, Angrez Singh Rana, also visited the affected spot and handed over an immediate relief of Rs 5,000, blankets, kitchen kit, bucket and solar lights to each of the affected families, out of Red Cross fund.

The deputy commissioner directed officials concerned to ensure proper and timely compensation to the fire victims.

He directed Tehsildar Chatroo to submit a detailed report earliest so that compensation could be provided to them, an official spokesman said.

Rana instructed the people to dump their dry fodder or hay away from their houses to avoid fire incidents in future.