Reported by Sanjay Das
Mahakalpara, Apr 9:
At least 80 houses have been razed to ashes in a fire that broke out this afternoon in Basaghar village under Mahakalpara block in Odisha’s Kendrapara district.
Though no casualty has been reported a calf however, has been burnt alive in the fire.
Local sources said 33 dalit families who lived in these houses have been rendered homeless following the mishap.
Properties including cash, paddy, belongings worth Rs 50 lakh were reduced to ashes as nothing could be saved when the fire broke out, reports said.
The fire is suspected to have originated from a garbage dump located nearby.
Three fire tenders, two from Kendrapara and one from Pattamundai took hours to douse the fire.
While government officials are yet to reach the spot the hapless families have taken shelter under trees to protect themselves from the scorching sun. Fellow villagers and volunteers have arranged cooked food for the homeless families, reports said.