Two houseboats were gutted in a fire incident in Nigeen Lake on Sunday night.
The damaged houseboats are Ponex and Perfume. Reports said fire started from a houseboat and engulfed adjoining houseboat.
"A distress call was received around 1:38 am and immediately men and machinery was rushed to spot, said Bashir Ahmad, Joint Director Fire and Emergency Services.
He said the fire was brought control before it could damage nearby structures. ‘The cooling operation went on for several hours," he said.
Police has registered case and taken up investigation.
Meanwhile, Nigeen Tourist Traders Association (NTTA) has demanded financial assistance to the affected houseboat owners.
"The two houseboats alongwith whole infrastructure including wood carved furniture, carpets, crockery and other valuables which the houseboat owners had accumulated over the decades of their service to the tourism industry. The fire incident has rendered the houseboat owners and their families in a desperate situation due to this immense loss of their property.
NTTA appeals Governor to direct the concerned authorities to provide immediate financial assistance to the affected houseboat owners besides subsidized timber to enable them to restore the houseboats," Chairman NTTA Manzoor Ahmad Wangoo said in a statement.
"NTTA also reiterates its long pending demand of the houseboat owners for setting up on war footing basis a comprehensive fire fighting facility in Nigeen and Dal Lake to prevent damage to houseboats in case of any eventuality," Wangnoo added.
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