Guwahati/Kohima: Amid Diwali celebrations across the country on Wednesday, tragedy struck some families in Assam and Nagaland after fire gutted several houses and business establishments and damaged properties worth at least Rs 15 lakh, as per reports.
In Guwahati’s Dhiren Para area, about 15 houses were completely burnt to ashes after at least three LPG cylinders exploded during a fire on Wednesday night. Property worth about Rs 5 lakh was reportedly damaged in the incident. In another incident reported from the city’s Hengarabari Housing Colony, a person succumbed to his injuries after he fell down from the terrace of a building where he had gone to hang fancy lights. The deceased has been identified as Durlav Baruah.
Incidents of fire triggered by fireworks were also reported from eastern Assam. A house was completed burnt at Henchoowa village in Jorhat district. In another incident reported from the Chhatai tea state in Mariani area of same district, a massive fire gutted the house of one Deepak Bhumiz.
In two other cases reported from the state, a suspected short-circuit caused a massive fire in Gohpur area of Bishwanath district and Bokakhat area of Golaghat district. Property worth more than Rs 5 lakh was damaged in the two incidents.
Additional DGP cum state director of fire and emergency services Bhaskar Joyti Mahanta said that many cases were reported during Diwali celebrations from across the state. However, an exact count of incidents involving Diwali fire in the state could not be ascertained till the filing of this report.
Meanwhile, in Nagaland, a warehouse at the Murgipatti area of Dimapur district was reportedly gutted due to a short-circuit around 9:30 pm on Wednesday.
About five LPG cylinders reportedly exploded in the conflagration. However, no casualties have been reported.