Inferno converts Gurez village into ashes

Srinagar: A massive blaze that engulfed Kilshey village of Gurez area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district during the wee hours on Saturday left half of the village completely destroyed.

Police said that as many as 68 structures were caught in massive fire that spread rapidly damaging half of the village and rendering dozens of families homeless.

The damaged buildings include a school, a local mosque besides residential houses, they added.

The reasons behind the fire incident is being ascertained, officials said.

 The blaze as per the officials gutted sixty-eight structures including 35 residential houses, 10 non residential houses, 10 cowsheds, one Masjid, Government School and an ICDS Office building.

 The massive fire has rendered dozens of families homeless.

“Fire broke out in the wee hours today from a residential house in the village. Within no time, the fire engulfed whole Kilshey village,” officials said, adding that the intensity of the blaze was such that it gutted 68 structures in a very short span of time.

 Deputy Commissioner (DC) Bandipora, Sajad Hussain said that the fire was brought under control and no injury or loss of life was reported during the incident.

 He said that the fire tenders from district Headquarter rushed to the spot immediately to douse off the fire in the wee hours.

 Hussain informed that the reason of the fire is being ascertained while the administration has reached the spot to provide help to the affected families.

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