10 Killed, Rs 36 Cr Property Gutted In 660 Fires In Three Months

SRINAGAR: At least ten people were killed while 660 fire incidents have been reported across the Valley in the first three months of the ongoing year 2022.

Exchanging Notes: The two families who lost their homes to an overnight fire in Noorbagh (Srinagar) on the night of March 30, 2022, exchanged details of how they escaped and failed in saving their homes. KL IMages: Bilal Bahadur

The official data prepared by the Fire and Emergency Services (F&ES) department revealed that properties worth Rs 3572.26 lakh have got damaged and also the belongings worth over Rs 31306. 38 lakh are involved in these incidents.

According to the figure prepared by Joint Director, Fire & Emergency Services, Kashmir Range, the highest number of fire incidents have been reported in Srinagar where from the department in the first three months have received 143 fire calls, causing damage to the property worth Rs 1704.58 lakh and involving the belongings worth Rs 20374.94 lakh.

No, Not My Home: A child looks the other way as his mother is looking at the place where they had the home. Almost 22 houses went up in a devastating conflagration during the night on March 30, 2022. KL Images: Bilal Bahadur

The second highest fire calls in these months have been reported from Baramulla district where 108 fire incidents have taken place in which the property worth Rs 224.87 lakh and involving the belongings worth Rs 1778.50 lakh.

The incidents are not less in other eight districts including Budgam, Anantnag, Kupwara, Pulwama, Shopian, Ganderbal, Kulgam and Bandipora where 45, 68, 81, 53, 24, 49, 39, and 50 fire incidents respectively have been reported since January 2022- March 2022.

The fire has engulfed 525 structures, 99 shops and 11 shopping complexes in 660 fire incidents, the data said, adding that a total of eight vehicles also caught fire during the period.

It further added that 39 fire incidents were also reported in electric transformers and also 10 forest fire incidents were also reported in the Valley in which Srinagar and Baramulla remained at the top with four and three incidents respectively.

In these incidents, the fire and emergency services department as per the data claimed to have saved the property worth Rs 27734.12 lakh. (KNO)


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