Imphal: A massive fire in Manipur’s Ukhrul district headquarters in the wee hours on Friday reduced the old fishery quarter to ashes.

Shimri Raising, a local and president of Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS), said the fire broke out at about 4 am. No fatalities were reported in the fire. The cause of the fire is yet to ascertained.

During the time of the fire incident, two families were living in the old fishery quarter at Phungreitang, located on the main road of the town.

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Despite shortages of all sorts, fire services team arrived at the site and tried their best to put out the fire. However, the fire had already engulfed the quarter completely and burned it to ashes once the lone fire brigade ran out of water, Raising said.

And by the time the fire brigade returned to its station for a refill, it was too late to douse off the fire.

“Had the government provided the necessary equipment to the district fire department, such incident could’ve been avoided,” lamented Raising.

Locals also alleged that despite repeated calls for help, Ukhrul police and the 6th Manipur Rifles failed to turn up at the site of fire.

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