Major fire engulfs ex-IAS officer's house near Manipur CM's bungalow in Imphal - Hindustan Times
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Major fire engulfs ex-IAS officer's house near Manipur CM's bungalow in Imphal

Jun 16, 2024 04:47 AM IST

Police said the abandoned house belonged to the former Chief Secretary of Goa, the late Thangkhopao Kipgen.

Amid tight security within a secure zone, an abandoned house located in Old Lambulane, Imphal got burnt on Saturday evening. Officials said the source of the fire was yet to be determined.

Abandoned house of retired IAS, former Goa chief secretary T Kipgen, burnt in Imphal.
Abandoned house of retired IAS, former Goa chief secretary T Kipgen, burnt in Imphal.

Police said the abandoned house belonged to the former Chief Secretary of Goa, the late Thangkhopao Kipgen. Kipgen died on March 3, 2005, and the house had been occupied by his family.

The house is located adjacent to the Kuki Inn complex, which is opposite the Manipur Chief Minister’s residence in Babupara, Imphal. The incident occurred at around 5:30pm on Saturday. Since the outbreak of the ongoing crisis in Manipur, the residents had already left the house.

Manipur fire services rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire. As the roof of the house was made of wood with galvanized tin, firefighters took over an hour to extinguish it, assisted by a reinforcement team from Thoubal district.

Officials of the Manipur Fire Service said that as the house had remained abandoned for over a year, it was hard to extinguish and control the fire. They added that the source of the fire is yet to be known.

The abandoned house is also located just behind the New Manipur Secretariat office building, Babupara, Imphal.

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