Residential House, Several Shops Gutted In Bandipora Blaze

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SRINAGAR: A residential house besides at least two shops were completely gutted even as considerable damage dealt with two other shops in a blaze incident in Rekhi Hajin area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Tuesday afternoon.

According to eyewitnesses, the fire which broke out from a Kiryana shop spread in no time resulting in damage to at least three other shops besides a residential house at Rekhi Hajin area in the district.

The raging fire was brought under control after hectic efforts made by Fire and Emergency department, however by then the fire had already razed a residential house and two shops belonging to Ghulam Mohiuddin Ganaie to ashes, they said.

Two other shops belonging to Bashir Ahmad Ganaie also suffered considerable damage in the incident, they added.

When contacted a police official told news agency GNS  that cause of fire could not be immediately ascertained.

“A case in this regard has been taken up and further investigations are underway to enquire into the cause of the mishap,” the official said.

Meanwhile, Tehsildar Hajin Ghulam Mohammad Bhat later in the day visited the spot to assess the loss incurred in the incident.

The official, on the occasion, remarked that a ‘damage list’ into the incident will be prepared to be sent to the district administration for the assistance of the affected families.

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