HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: In yet another incident of blaze in the Capital, a massive fire broke out at a squatter
settlement in Sinamangal today. The inferno that erupted at around 1:40 pm reduced around 50 huts into ashes, according to police. No human casualty has been reported so far.
Security personnel and firefighters at work, in Sinamangal, Kathmandu, on Sunday.
As the huts were made of wood, hay and plastics, the fire spread rapidly and caused minor damage to an adjoining three-storey building as well. Firefighters, locals, and personnel from the Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and the Nepal Army took the fire under control. The cause of the inferno is yet to be established and loss of property yet to be estimated. It is suspected that short circuit at a scrap store caused the fire.
Meanwhile, property worth around two lakh rupees were gutted when a three-storey building caught fire in Bhaktapur yesterday evening. Police said a house of Durga Prasad Malla in Balkot-3 caught fire at around 8:45 pm. The cause of the fire is not known yet.
A fire broke out at Kusume Rumal Dohari Sanjh Restaurant in Sundhara yesterday, reducing property worth Rs 3.5 million.
A woman, whose shanty was gutted, leaving the site with other victims.
No human casualties were reported in the incident, said police. The reason behind the blaze is yet to be ascertained. According to police, the gutted items include utensils, clothes and foodstuffs.
The fire was taken under control with help from locals, police personnel and fire engines after an hour.
In another incident, property worth Rs 3.08 million was reduced to ashes when Asian Continental Trading Private Limited caught fire at around 3:30 pm on Friday, police said. Carpets and mattresses were destroyed in the inferno. Locals, police personnel and fire brigade extinguished the flames.
Not so long ago, a shop in New Road-based Bishal Bazaar, had caught fire. Short circuit, unattended candles and gas cylinder leakage are some of the major causes of fire in the Kathmandu Valley, according to reports.
A displaced girl breaking into tears; carrying a baby.