ROURKELA: Three children of a family were burnt alive on Friday evening in a thatched shed in Sundargarh district.
The charred bodies of the children, were handed over to their parents on Saturday.
The mishap occurred at Patrapali village of Nuagaon block under Bisra police limits between 5.30 pm and 6 pm. Reason behind the mishap is not known.
Kartik (5) along with his younger brother Ritesh (3) and 18-month-old sister Ritika were playing in the thatched shed, located 10 metres from their house, when it caught fire.
The low-height thatched shed was recently erected by their father, Eto Oram to keep pigs.
Rourkela SP, Anirudh Singh visited the spot on Saturday and took stock of the situation, while Bisra Tehsildar Jyotsnarani Sahu announced ex gratia of `10,000.
Inspector-in-charge of Bisra police station Pravat Biswal said, investigation is underway to ascertain the cause of the fire and unnatural death case has been registered.