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1 dead in Dimapur blaze
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jan 11 (NPN):
Published on 12 Jan. 2010 12:52 AM IST
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Fire which started inside a room at Lhomithi colony Monday at around 7.30 a.m. soon turned into a raging inferno after bursting LPG cylinders added to its intensity which engulfed forty small room in six semi-RCC buildings and rendering at least 43 families homeless. A 12-year old physically challenged girl was also burnt to death by the raging inferno. It was reported that the victim identified as Kanchan Kachari got trapped inside a bathroom where she had entered during the melee where her charred body was discovered. A small house within the compound of the nearby Prabananda Women’s College was burned down but the college building escaped the fire. According to some of the residents, the fire broke out from one of the rooms and had quickly spread due to bursting LPG cylinders to the adjoining houses. Flames shot skywards and the intensity made it difficult for residents and volunteers in dousing the fire or salvage anything. As in the past, fire tenders could not reach the spot on time since the colony road was too narrow like most colonies in Dimapur which make it almost impossible for big trucks to maneuver. Volunteers and army personnel nearby also joined in fighting the flames and bringing the fire under control. All the affected families have taken refugee inside the premises of the Pranabananda Women’s College. DMC ward 15 member Simon Yeptho visited the site and distributed utensils, blankets, ration etc. to those rendered homeless as immediate relief. Meanwhile, various organizations like the Indian Red Cross Society, Jain Samaj, Jain Yuva Sangha, Lions Club, Rotary Club and Bharat Sevashram Sangha arrived at the site and arranged relief materials for the victims. DMC member of Ward No 15, Simon Yeptho who also reached the spot said that fire could have spread further but was avoided due to the timely intervention of Dimapur Fire Service and army personnel. He also distributed relief materials to the affected families. Meanwhile, more relief were being distributed while the estimates of losses were yet to be ascertained.

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