JK: Blaze Destroys Over Dozen Houses

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SRINAGAR: Over a dozen of houses were engulfed by a massive fire which erupted early on Monday in the Kashmir Valley.

According to the reports of police officials the flames that erupted from one house in Buchwara in Dalgate area of Srinagar quickly spread to neighbouring houses in the densely populated area.

Seven fire tenders were rushed to the spot to battle the flames and bring the situation under control, adding to that the police official further said that timely evacuation from the burning houses saved lives while the reason for fire eruption was yet not known.

The official further said that there is no report of any casualty from the incident spot so far.

A local resident, Mushtaq Ahmad said that “Something should be done for the victims of this tragedy by the Government”. “Only 50 per cent of the fire has been controlled,” fire officer, Ali Mohammad said. As there was no proper road in the locality the Fire fighters faced difficulty to reach inside the house..

The Kashmir valley was again shutdown on Monday, after two days of relaxation of shutdown called by Hurriyat Conference leaders. Schools, colleges and other business establishments were also closed. The 133-day long shutdown was called-off by the separatist leaders two days ago due to the visible effects of the recent demonetisation move by the centre. Since Hizbul-Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani was killed by Indian security forces on July 08, the valley had been caught in a series of protests and shutdown.