BOUDH/SONEPUR/NIMAPARA: More than 200 houses were gutted in separate fire mishaps across the State on Monday.
As many as 110 houses were reduced to ashes after a fire broke out in Jhankarpada village under Manamunda police limits in Boudh district. The fire reportedly started in a forest nearby and soon spread to the village, rendering 67 families homeless. Fire fighters from Boudh and Sonepur rushed to the village and brought the situation under control.
District administration officials rushed to the spot and arranged for drinking water and cooked food for the entire village.
In Sonepur district, nearly 45 thatched houses in Rangpur village under Tarbha block were completely destroyed in a blaze. While reason behind the mishap could not be ascertained, it is suspected that fire broke out in the kitchen of a house and spread to the neighbourhood. Fire tenders rushed to the spot and doused the flames.
A similar incident was reported at Bayalisibati village under Gop police limits on Sunday night where two houses of one Surendranath Muduli were destroyed. Though cause of fire is yet to be ascertained, Muduli suspects involvement of some miscreants in the mishap owing to old enmity.
In another incident, as many as 50 houses were gutted in Harachua village under Gondia block of Dhenkanal district. Firefighters from Bhuban and Gondia brought it under control.
six Mishaps in A Day
Bargarh: As many as six fire mishaps were reported in Bargarh on Monday. No human casualty was reported. A Wesco transformer in front of the District Headquarters Hospital caught fire at 3 am on Sunday, which resulted in power outage for several hours. On Monday, around 12 pm, paddy husk dumped near a rice mill at Gobindpur caught fire. A similar incident was reported at Brahmachari, a few minutes later. Another mishap was reported at the private bus stand. Here, fire started from an eatery and spread to three shops nearby. Sources said a short circuit resulted in the fire. People who were eating food in the eatery immediately rushed out and timely intervention of firefighters prevented LPG cylinders, kept in the kitchen, from exploding. Two more incidents were reported from Sirgida and railway station areas.
Fire in Ordnance Factory
Balangir: Fire broke out in a godown at Unit 15 of Badmala Ordnance Factory on Monday. Sources said fire started in a forest on Sunday night and might have spread to the godown. No major loss of property was reported. General Manager AK Agrawal said, no damage to property has been reported.