KUPWARA;17 JAN: At least 12 shops were gutted completely and one residential house suffered partial damage in a mysterious blaze in khurhama area of Lolab in north kashmir’s kupwara district around 11:45pm tuesday midnight.
According to Revenue official fire broke out in one of the shops and engulfed at least 12 shops completely,and one residential house partially damaged,in which goods worth crores of rupees were damaged.
After noticing the flames,people rushed out of their homes and informed the local police.
Police party from Police post kuligam Lolab led by SDPO Rafiq Ah rushed to the spot and joined with Fire tenders,Army and locals to douze the flames.
Police officials said that after a two hour long operation,the fire was brought under control.
“The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained and investigation is going on” Police said
Naib tehsildar Khurhama Aijaz Ah khan while speaking with correspondent Azad hussain said that 12 shops located in the double storeyed building suffered extensive damage.he said that fire erupted in one of the shops around 11:45pm in main market khurhama and engulfed the adjacent shops of mubashir Ah mir s/o sanaualla mir.
“Roof of Residential house belongs to Habibullah sheikh s/o Aziz sheikh suffered partial damage” he added
Meanwhile locals of khurhama praised police and army for helping the rescue team to prevent fire from spreading to adjacent houses.
“Had not the Police and Army extended their help,the losses would have been much” locals said
Congress district president kupwara haji farooq mir lolabi has demanded DC kupwara’s intervention into the matter.
“It must be investigated properly so that such incident is not repeated again,” said farooq
Haji farooq also sought immediate disbursement of relief package for the fire victims and demanded that it should be distributed directly to the affected families.