Koraput, Dec 18 :
In a tragic incident, three persons including two children were burnt alive in a haystack fire in Jhiligaon in Kundura block in the district late on Tuesday night, local reports said.
Another person has been rushed to the hospital with severe burn injuries .
The deceased who have been identified as Ghasi Paraja ( 60), Rabindra Paraja (8) and Manhar Paraja ( 7) belonged to Jhiligaon. The injured person, Chakra Harijan is battling for life at the Kundura hospital.
The incident took place around 11 pm on Tuesday night when four people were sleeping between two haystacks in an open space. They had, unfortunately, lighted a piece of wood to keep them warm through the night. However, that proved fatal as sparks from the burning wood led to the massive fire while all four were in deep slumber, local villagers said.