Massive fire breaks out in Saptari and Siraha

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LAHAN, APR 09 – More than 150 houses were razed in an inferno that struck at separate locations in Siraha and Saptari districts on Thursday afternoon.

A whole town was turned into ashes in a blaze that ravaged the Rampura Mahalniyan VDC of Saptari. The fire which broke out from Dasharath Yadav’s house at Rampura Mahalniyan VDC-5 spread out of control and destroyed more than a hundred houses inflicting a mammoth loss of an estimated Rs 10 million. The estimation is however preliminary.

In the fire, houses belonging to Ramcharitra Yadav, Satya Narayan Yadav, Dinesh Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Sukhai Yadav, Anirudha Yadav, Chedi Yadav, Rameshwor Sutihar, Ram Prasad Yadav including that of 40 families and more than 100 houses were razed down, police said. The fire destroyed houses made of concrete walling to thatched-roof houses killing four livestock. Two persons sustained injuries while attempting to contain the fire.

The fire which broke out at 3 pm was brought under control only in the evening after a dogged fight put up by fire engine from Rajbiraj Municipality, locals and men from Nepal Army, Armed Police Force and Nepal Police. DSP Narayan Chamariya, who was at the incident site, said the cause of the fire could not be ascertained as yet and works were underway for appraising the extent of damage.

Locals claim that the delay in the arrival of the fire engine caused by difficult road access to the fire site was the primary reasons as to the outsize losses incurred.

Two weeks ago a blaze that ravaged the Pademara settlement of Kanchanrup Municipality-6 of Saptari killed a person, gutted 79 houses of 33 families and inflicted a loss estimated at around Rs 15 million.

Meanwhile, another fire that broke out at Anarma VDC of Siraha in the afternoon of the same day destroyed seven houses. The fire which broke out of Kari Yadav’s residence at Anarma VDC-4 spread to the nearby town destroying seven houses with thatched roofs including that of a neighbour, Ramganesh Yadav, according to District Police Office, Siraha. The fire has destroyed cash, clothing, crockery and cereals.