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42 houses gutted in fire

One of the houses which was gutted in the fire at Naharbari colony, Friday. (NP)
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Feb 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Feb. 2009 12:31 AM IST
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At least 42 thatched houses were completely gutted in a major fire that broke out at Naharbari Colony here at around 12.30 pm on Friday. Property worth more than Rs 20 lakh was reportedly destroyed in the fire. According to police and members of Naharbari Colony Council, the fire started from a house belonging to one Satar when a member of the family was cooking. Five fire tenders, police, Assam Rifles and local residents doused the inferno after struggling for an hour. Tokheli Kikon, chairperson, Naharbari Colony Council, said it was because of the police and the Assam Rifles that the fire could be brought under control. The colony council members and the residents have expressed their gratitude to 1 Assam Rifles maintenance group, Nagaland Police Fire Service and personnel of East police station for their timely intervention in controlling the inferno. When contacted Deputy Commissioner Dimapur Maongwati Aier said as per the request of the district administration the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Rotract Club distributed blankets and food items to the victims while the district administration provided 10 quintiles of rice to the affected families. Further relief materials will be provided after assessing the damage, he added.

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