Ten Persons Die in Chanderkote Fire



In a tragic incident early Friday, ten people died in a major fire in Chanderkote area of Ramban district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Several residential quarters were gutted in the fire early today, official said.

The quarters were occupied by construction workers engaged by a private company working on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

Authorities confirmed the death of ten workers and said that four others have suffered burn injuries.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. However, reports said that short-circuit might have caused the fire.

The fire broke out in Chanderkote camp where construction workers were staying and they died due to asphyxiation and burn injuries, Senior Superintendent of Police Randip Kumar told a news gathering agency.

“We have identified five bodies so far. The dead includes earth mover operators, helpers and labourers from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and different places of Jammu and Kashmir,” Kumar said.


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