Jiribam fire devastes shops, houses; damage put at Rs 1.70 crore

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JIRIBAM, March 10: The Jakuradhar Bazar of Barak Circle, Jiribam, was reduced to ashes yesterday in an inferno which started around 8.25 pm of March 9, 2014.

Speaking to the media, locals of the bazaar area reported that the fire broke out from the house of Dhiru Das due to a sort circuit and spread to the north eastern side of the bazaar.

According to the localities 80 commercial shops and twenty houses in the bazaar area were gutted by the wild fire.

It is also reported by the locals that fire tenders from Jiribam Fire service reached the spot at 10.30 pm which was too late to save the bazaar from the fire.

Meanwhile, the locals also reported the property destroyed to be around Rs 1.70 crores.

They further lamented that the presence of a fire tender could have checked the fire and many a houses and shops could have been saved.

The locals also appealed to the government and the local MLA to provide one fire tender at Barak Circle, so that it may save people during such an eventuality in future.

Moreover, they also appealed to the government for providing relief materials to the people who have lost their houses.

Meanwhile, Jiribam Block Congress-I Committee (JBCC) members along with their president and secretary reached to the Jakuradhar bazaar and took stock of the area.

It is also learnt from the secretary of Barak Brothers’ Union (BBU) namely D. Lomsanga that the victims are provided a relief camp by BBU at Rajiv Bhavan at Jakuradhar.

At present 23 children and 73 elders are at the relief camp. Further the secretary of BBU thanked Police of Borobekra, 7th IRB Jakuradhor outpost and 27th Assam Rifles for their support.

A free medical camp was held by the Community Health Centre, Jiribam for the victims of the incident and free medicines were distributed. 40 patients were examined during the camp.

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