Srinagar: Two residential houses were damaged in a fire at Darish Kadal in Safa Kadal here on Monday.
Reports said fire broke out from a structure and engulfed the surrounding building. Two residential houses were partially damaged in the blaze, said an official.
Locals said a structure caught fire at around 11 am. After spotting the smoke billowing out from the building, locals rushed to spot to extinguish the fire. The Fire and Emergency Department was also immediately informed, said a resident.
Chaos and confusion prevailed in the area as they apprehended that fire would engulf adjoining houses in the congested locality.
Amid chaos, the inhabitants rushed out of their houses and shifted their belongings to safer places.
The video clip of the incident also went also viral on social media, with netizens commenting prayer for safety of lives and property in affected locality.
Bashir Ahmad Shah, Deputy Director, Fire and Emergency Services told Greater Kashmir that a distress call was received at 11:13 am and within no time men and machinery reached at the spot for rescue operations.
He said firefighters were rushed to the spot and it was ensured that no human being was trapped in the fire that had engulfed the structures.
“The men and machinery focused on preventing the fire from spreading which could have otherwise proved disastrous in the congested area where several commercial structures were also around,” Shah said.
He said there was no difficulty in accessing the area as it has direct access through main road. “We first controlled the flames from outside and then decided to enter the spot for cooling operation,” he said, adding the fire was doused in less than an hour.
He said two teams were given separate job to control fire. “One team was dousing the fire in affected structures while another one was in operation to stop fire from spreading to nearby buildings,” he said.
Locals lauded the efforts of Fire and Emergency Service, giving the fact that the areas is congested and any delay in starting fire fighting operation would have proven a disaster.