Devastating fire renders 8 families homeless at Hawal

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Eight houses were gutted in a devastating fire at Hawal area here on late Monday evening. However, there was no report of any casualties.
Officials said fire broke out in a house in congested Sheikh Colony, Kane-Devar area of Hawal and within minutes engulfed adjoining dwellings. 
Panic gripped the area as flames went high and smoke engulfed the locality. Amid chaos, the inhabitants rushed out of their houses and shifted to safer places. Several fire-tenders were pressed into service to douse the fire. Local youth also joined the firefighting operation. 
“Due to intense flames, we could not save belongings of our affected neighbours,” said a group of local youth, who were consoling the victim families. 
Some of the women fainted as they saw their houses up in flames. “We lost everything today” they cried.  A senior official said that eight houses were gutted in the fire incident while two houses suffered partial damages.
“We pressed scores of men and machinery to control the fire which engulfed several structures,” Muhammad Akbar, deputy director, fire and emergency services Kashmir told Greater Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Abid Rashid Shah visited the fire victims at Hawal area here and gave them cash relief and other assistance under the Red Cross Fund.  
On the occasion, the DC directed the concerned officials to expedite the relief cases of the fire victims. 
Families whose houses were gutted in the incident include Ghulam Qadir Sheikh and Firdous Ahmed Sheikh sons of Ghulam Mohi-u-Din, Farooq Ahmed Sheikh son of Ghulam Muhammad, Manzoor Ahmed Sheikh son of Ghulam Nabi Sheikh, Ali Muhammad Sheikh son of Habib-u-Allah Sheikh, Muhammad Altaf Sheikh son of Ghulam Muhammad, Abdul Majid Sheikh son of Ghulam Muhammad, Nazir Ahmed Sheikh son of Muhammed Yousuf Sheikh.
Meanwhile, National Conference leader Tanvir Sadiq visited the victim families and assured them that he would use his good offices to expedite the process of compensation to all affected families.

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