More than 50 houses were gutted in a major fire that broke out at Kotla village under the Banjar subdivision in district Kullu on Sunday evening.
The villagers were trying to control the blaze till the filing of this report. Eyewitness said more than 30 houses were still under threat from the fire.
President of the Kotla panchayat Dola Singh Mahant said more than 50 houses have been reduced to ashes.
“People of Kotla and nearby villages were trying to douse the flames, but in vain. The fire is spreading rapidly as most of the houses are made of wood.”
“I informed the Banjar subdivisional magistrate, fire office and police as soon as the fire broke out at 5:40pm but as the village is in the remote area, no official or firefighters reached the sopt till 7:30pm,” he added.
According to locals, heavy vehicles cannot reach the village due to narrow roads.
Mahant said ancient temples of two deities have also been gutted. The village has a total of 80 houses.
A number of families have been rendered homeless and they would have to spend the night in the open in the cold, he said. When contacted, subdivisional magistrate Ashwani Kumar said a rescue team had been sent to the spot.
He said, administration will provide relief to the affected families.
The reason of the fire is yet to be ascertained.