Locals estimated the damage, caused by the fire, in crores of rupees.
Two residential houses and an equal number of cowsheds were damaged in an incident of fire on the evening of Monday in southern Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
According to the locals, who witnessed the fire incident in Aglar village of Pulwama, the fire engulfed one of the houses at around 9:30 PM on Monday evening.
“I reside in Aglar village and happen to be a neighbour of the victim families. One of the victims is my uncle, Ghulam Hassan Khan while another victim is Abdul Rashid Baba, who is my cousin,” a local, Abdul Qayoom Baba, told Digpu News.
He added, “When fire engulfed one of the houses at about 9:30 PM, we made desperate attempts to control it. We made phone calls to Pakherpora, Drabgam and Pulwama areas for seeking help but the bad condition of roads delayed all the possible help from Fire Services Department.”
To aggravate the situation, a landslide had disrupted the movement of vehicles on the road, leading to the place where the fire incident had occurred.
“Then the fire engine from Pulwama had to come through a different, but longer route. Another fire engine came from Pakherpora, which was not having enough water pressure to douse the flames. So, we had to use the water pumps, available in our houses, for extinguishing the blazing fire,” Abdul Qayoom said.
He adds, “We tried a lot to save the houses, but the fire was of such intensity that we couldn’t do much. Local people supported us a lot but even then, two houses and two cowsheds were damaged in the fire incident.”
Locals estimated the damage, caused by the fire, in crores of rupees. Nobody was, however, injured in the incident and no casualties were reported. The cause of the fire was also not known yet.
Meanwhile, Government officials including local Tehsildar visited the affected families. Earlier, local Patwari was also sent to access the situation.
However, the locals are still seeking help from the authorities. “We request the Administration to help them as these families have been left homeless,” locals said.