A massive fire destroys ten residential houses in the old town of Baramulla



Reyaz Rachid

Baramulla: At least twenty-one families have been left homeless after ten residential houses were damaged and possessions worth millions of rupees were burned to ashes in a devastating fire is declared on Saturday in Mohalla Kakar Hamam and Jamia in the old city of Baramulla district, north Kashmir.

Witnesses said a fire broke out in a two-storey apartment house in Showkat Ahmad Sofi, which spread to neighboring houses and destroyed at least seven apartment houses.

“As we saw huge flames coming out of a double dwelling house, we rushed towards it to put out the fire but it got out of hand and engulfed all the neighboring houses in a very short time,” said added Reyaz Ahmad.

“Ten residential houses were destroyed in the massive fire. A deadly fire left us defenseless and we lost everything. We have no other source of income and are appealing to Governor Manoj Sinha and Deputy Commissioner Baramulla to immediate aid and rehabilitation,” he added.

“We suffered huge damage as all our property and possessions were destroyed and property worth millions of dollars was burnt to ashes in the fire,” said Showkat Ahmad Sofi, who lost. his house in the fire.

Later, the fire was extinguished after strenuous efforts by the police, fire and emergency services and the army.

A police officer said the narrow lanes made it difficult for firefighters to reach the spot directly.

The cause of the fire was not yet known. Residents said the cause of the fire was not known as it spread quickly, leaving no time to salvage belongings that were burned to ashes.

Later, a district administration team led by ADC Baramulla Zahoor Ahmad visited the victims of the fire and provided Rs 10,000 to each affected family as immediate relief and distributed blankets, utensils and other goods for daily life.

The army and the administration provided makeshift tents for the victims and assured them of all possible assistance.

Meanwhile, a woman named Fameeda Begum, wife of Irshad Ahmad Shoosha fainted during the deadly fire and was rushed to GMC Baramulla where doctors referred her to SKIMS Soura, where she is died of cardiac arrest.