12 houses gutted in fire in Ramban village

12 houses gutted in fire in Ramban village
More houses are said to be at risk of the flames in absence of road connectivity to the area. Special Arrangement

Ramban, June 29: At least one dozen residential houses were gutted in a devastating fire at Hijwa village of Khari tehsil in Ramban district today. Near about 30 families were living in these houses.

No loss of life or limb was reported in the incident, though property worth crores of rupees was reduced to ashes. The fire tenders could not reach the village as it does not have the road connectivity.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

Official sources said that the fire broke out in a residential house which soon spread to about a dozen other houses.

Hundreds of locals and J&K police and Army personnel tried to douse the flames. The families affected lost all belongings in the fire.

Later, an Indian air force chopper attached with collapsible buckets was summoned from Srinagar to douse the flames, till then however 12 houses had got fully damaged, sources said.

After receiving information, Deputy Commissioner Ramban Mussarat Islam along with other officers visited the village and assured the fire victims of every possible relief and help from the government.

He provided an immediate cash assistance and ration to affected families.

District Development Counsel Chairperson Ramban, Shamshada Shan along with counsellors also visited the village and assured the victims of help and assistance.

Police have registered a case under relevant sections of law to ascertain the cause of fire.

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