160 Souls Rendered Homeless In Noorbagh Baramulla Blaze

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Srinagar, June 11 (GNS):  At least a dozen houses were gutted in the overnight massive fire at Sweeper Colony Noorbagh Baramulla, cumulatively rendering nearly 30 families homeless, officials said on Friday.

Officials told GNS that fire started due to leakage of LPG gas from a residential house and engulfed several others in the vicinity no time. Five gas cylinders are said have burst before the blaze was eventually controlled as five tenders from the Fire and Emergency department besides two from army utilized. While several houses were completely gutted to leave 29 families without shelter, there was no loss of life even as one person from Fire and Emergency department identified as Javaid Qazi sustained injuries. One vehicle was also damaged in the blaze, they added.

“As many as 12 residential houses comprising 29 families with 160 souls, have been completely damaged during the intervening night of 10th and 11th of June at Noorbagh area, here,” an official told GNS.

Meanwhile, the Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole paid a visit to the Noorbagh area of Baramulla and met the fire victims.

He was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Bhupinder Kumar, SSP Rayees Ahmad Bhat and other concerned functionaries.

On the occasion, the Div Com took first hand appraisal of the situation during which the fire victims apprised the advisor about their condition besides extending their issues and demands. He gave a patient hearing and assured that every kind of possible support shall be provided for their immediate rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, P K Pole directed the Deputy Commissioner to conduct a proper assessment of the damage so that the victims are rehabilitated under different welfare programmes sponsored by the administration.

He also directed to provide essential items as an immediate relief and take appropriate measures for their time being shelter. (GNS)

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