Property worth lakhs destroyed; however, no casualties reported so far; local residents raise concern over such incidents happening frequently in region
Itanagar: At least 34 shops were gutted in a fire that occurred at the daily market of Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh’s East Siang district in the wee hours of Saturday.
As per reports, there has been no loss of life or any injury caused by massive inferno. However, properties worth in lakhs were reportedly destroyed in the fire.
Tatdo Borang, the additional deputy commissioner of East Siangh district, informed that the cause of the fire has not been known yet and investigations are on to crack it. “A power short circuit can be the reason behind the inferno,” he added.
The executive engineer of the state power department in a recent meeting resented the tendency to blame the department for most fire accidents reported in the district.
The district disaster management authorities taking cognizance over the matter immediately rushed to the spot and processed the immediate relief distribution for the affected shopkeepers in the locality.
District disaster management officer G Tsumo further informed that the fire-ravaged shops were in the government-run Local Fund Building where electrical short circuit is unlikely to occur. “We are investigating the reason behind the fire,” Tsumo added.
With the latest incident of fire in the Pasighat town, many residents of the locality have raised questions over the frequent fire accidents in the area, especially in the old market buildings.
However, a few suspected that it could be an attempt to get land allotment or land share and to seek compensation for the damage.