Over 80 houses were gutted in a fire that broke out late last night in Sukhnoi village in the Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, a senior police official said today, adding there were no casualties reported.
Soon after receiving the information, senior police and district administration officials rushed to the spot.
“Out of 84 houses, 80 in the Sukhnoi village in the Warwan block of the Kisthwar district were gutted in a fire that broke out late last night,” Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kishtwar, Ghulam Nabi Balwan said.
He added that the government has already sent free ration for the villagers, who have decided to stay in rented accommodation during the winters.
Over 80 houses and 15 cow sheds gutted by fire in Sukhnai village in Kishtwar(J&K) (16.10.16) pic.twitter.com/oYTuWWVk8w— ANI (@ANI) October 17, 2016
“As the winters are fast approaching and it would be difficult for the people to reconstruct their houses or stay in the tents, they have decided to stay in rented accommodation during the winter, the government will pay the rent for them,” Balwan said.
The reason behind the major fire is still not known.
(With PTI inputs)