12 houses gutted in massive in Banihal’s Mahu Mangat area


Half a dozen shops gutted in Aishmuqam

Jammu: Nearly a dozen houses were razed to ashes in massive fire which broke out in Banihal’s Mahu Mangat area of Ramban district on Tuesday.

They said fire erupted in Hijwah village of Mahu Mangit area under the jurisdiction of police post Khari, sources said.

The area being hilly and houses mainly made of wood provided adequate fodder and time to the fire to spread. The cause of fire is yet not known.

IAF choppers bringing water from Kashmir to douse fire in a Jammu division’s village of Banihal in Ramban district

Union Minister of State in the PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh talked to DC Ramban about fire and asked him to provide immediate relief in form of monitory assistance. Ration and essentials being provided to the affected, he said, adding further assistance will also be provided as required.

Meanwhile, nearly half a dozen shops and a residential house were gutted in fire which broke out in Ziyarat Chowk Aishmuqam in South Kashmir district in the morning.

The cause of fire, according to local reports was leakage of LPG gas from a cylinder kept at a shop near the shrine.

The flames were seen erupting out from one the shops’ which soon after spread to a wider area, resulting in damage to five other shops including a residential house.

Upon intimation, the fire tenders reached the spot and with the assistance of locals brought the enraging fire into control.

However, there was no injury or loss of life in the incident, sources said, adding the fire has been brought under control.