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Massive fire destroys property worth crore

Property worth crore of rupee were destroyed in a massive fire that broke out in densely populated Nigam basti near Basar in Arunachal Pradesh's West Siang district.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2009 14:55 IST

Property worth crore of rupee were destroyed in a massive fire that broke out in densely populated Nigam basti near Basar in Arunachal Pradesh's West Siang district.

There was, however, no human casualty in the blaze that reduced to ashes 108 houses along with personal belongings and roasted alive 200 cattle yesterday, district police superintendent Tusar Taba told PTI on Tuesday.

The cause of the fire is yet to be known.

The fire broke out at 12 noon and spread rapidly due to the prevailing scorching heat. The villagers could do little to combat it in the absence of fire tender.

The district administration rushed fire engines from district headquarters at Aalo but it took around two and half hours to cover the 51 km distance. The fire engines arrived after the raging fire was doused being cut off by natural fire line, he said.

The victims have been rehabilated in a government school and tents erected by the Indo Tibetan Border Police. They are being provided with food and other relief materials, he said.

A committee was constituted to assess the damages and its report would be submitted within two days, district administration sources said.

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