SRIKAKULAM: A five-year-old boy was charred to death, while four other members of his family escaped with minor injuries when the thatched house in which they were living caught fire here at Kunapuvanipeta village of Laveru mandal in Srikakulam district in the wee hours on Tuesday. The deceased was identified as M Jaswanth. The condition of the injured is said to be out of danger.
According to sources, M Narendra, a daily labour, his wife Indumathi and three others including their son M Jaswanth (5) were sleeping in the thatched house and at around 1 AM, the house caught fire. As the locals rushed to douse the fire using water, the family ran out of the house only to notice that Jaswanth had not come out of the house.
Narendra and a few other locals tried to enter into the house, but were unable to make it due to fire and thick smoke.
The kid was completely charred to death, said the police who rushed to the spot along with the medical team. A case has been registered and investigation is on to ascertain the cause of the fire.