VELLORE: Four huts in Kalanikattu Street in Shanbakkam were gutted by fire on Wednesday, due to a suspected electrical short circuit. There were no fatalities or injuries.
Around 11 AM, Sathiya, wife of Sudhukar, was in her house when she first saw the fire on her roof and smoke emerging. Neighbours tried to put out the fire. But due to heavy wind, the fire spread to three adjacent huts.
The Fire and Rescue Service team rushed to the spot with three fire trucks and doused the fire in 40 minutes. All four huts including belongings were completely destroyed.
Vellore Corporation Mayor Karthiyayini and Tashildar Balakrishnan provided Rs 5,000 each to the four families, rice bags, clothes and other basic necessities.