Ukhrul: For the third time in less than a week and the second in 24 hours, a massive fire broke out in Manipur’s Ukhrul district in the wee hours of Wednesday. According to reports, there has been a substantial loss of property. However, no casualty has been reported so far.
The incident happened at 3 am at Phungreitang area near the Autonomous District Council (ADC) Ukhrul office when denizens of the hill town were in deep slumber. Around seven shops located on the main road were completely burnt down, including a vehicle workshop and a bakery, reports said.
According to officials, despite no fatality reported, the incident is being regarded as one of the deadliest fire incidents in recent times in the hill district.
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained until the time of filing this report.
Another incident of fire was reported on Tuesday afternoon at Viewland Zone 1 in Ukhrul town.
As per reports, the cause of the fire has been said to be an immersion rod at one of the residences. Fire tenders rushed to the spot and contained the blaze before it spread to neighbouring houses, it said.
Earlier on 25 January, a similar fire incident was reported at Hungpung village in the district, killing an infant.
With the number of fire incidents happening in the hill district, residents of Ukhrul have expressed concern and appealed to the authorities for quick intervention.
“It’s high time we request that the Ukhrul Fire Brigade starts an awareness campaign or run seminars on precautions and measures to be taken to avoid such incidents,” said one of the locals, adding: “Do something before more families lose their homes.”