Kohnakhan fire victims left to fend for themselves

Kohnakhan fire victims left to fend for themselves

SRINAGAR: The incessant rainfall has rendered fire victims of Kohnakhan area in a miserable condition since Thursday when at least three residential houses and 24 temporary huts were gutted in a major fire incident in Khonekhan Abi-Nowpora area of Srinagar.
Locals said the administration did not pay any heed to the victims’ woes when the fire erupted nor did they come forward for their immediate rehabilitation.
The incident took place in the wee hours on Thursday that left many families homeless. Locals alleged that administration was missing to rescue the victims. They also alleged that the fire service department did not reach the spot on time.
Kulsum Jan, a fire victim said the fire spread rapidly and the flames engulfed the houses in no time. She said many household lost everything in the devastating fire.
“We lost everything in this fire. We didn’t even get time to save a single utensil. I lost all the belongings which had been collected for my marriage. I don’t know what to do now. My father is paralyzed for the past three years,” said Jan.
Deputy Director Fire and Emergency Service Srinagar, Mohmmad Akbar told Kashmir Reader that they rushed to the spot as soon they received the information about the incident. “There was no delay in reaching the spot,” he said.
“I was personally present at the spot. The fire was fierce and not getting under control easily. We took support from Batamalloo and other fire departments to tackle the fire,” he said.

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