BUDGAM: At least five people suffered burn injuries in a fire incident at Wahpora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Tuesday, officials said.
On Tuesday morning at around 9:30 am fire erupted in Wahpora village, twelve kilometres away from Budgam main town, which engulfed a double storey residential houses, reducing all valuable belongings to ashes.
The fire according to locals was caused due to the electric short circuit, however the official say that the actual cause of fire is not known yet and is under the investigation of police.
The house belongs to Mohammad Bakir Bhat son of Ghulam Rosool Bhat.
On early morning some neighbours of Bhat spotted the dense smoke coming out of his house, they informed the householder who called for help, a local boy Shabir Ahmad said.
He added that within few minutes hundreds of locals gathered at the spot and engaged in dousing the flames.
“Meanwhile, the fire and emergency was called for the help, however it reached after an hour late,” Shabir added.
During this process, five local people suffered burns while all valuable belongings in the houses were burnt to ashes and could not be saved.
The fires reduced all the belongings, food grain stocked in the houses, besides household items and valuable to ashes, they said.
After fire fighters reached the spot they doused the fire after hectic efforts and helped the locals in dousing the flames.
The fire and emergency officials while talking to Kashmir Reader said that today morning they received a call from the spot.
“Acting promptly we deputed our fire brigades to the spot, however, the village is twelve kilometres away from the office. It took us sometime to reach there, during that time the locals were on job,” they said, adding there was no intention to be late.”
Meanwhile locals demanded that the affected family be provided the compensation so that they can make an alternative shelter for the upcoming cold days.