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Fire breaks out in Pak quake survivors' camp

The fire was triggered while a woman was cooking food on a stove in the Neelum Park camp in Muzaffarabad.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 17:48 IST

A fire broke out in a refugee camp for Pakistani earthquake survivors here on Saturday, destroying at least 10 tents, but there were no casualties, officials said.

The fire was triggered while a woman was cooking food on a stove in the Neelum Park camp in Muzaffarabad, the devastated capital of Pakistan administered Kashmir, local administration chief Chaudhry Liaqat Hussain said.

It spread quickly and at least 10 tents were gutted, he said, before fire fighters extinguished the blaze.

"There have been no human losses. However, some belongings of the people living in these tents were burnt to ashes," Hussain told the agency.

The massive October 8 earthquake measuring 7.6 on the richter scale killed more than 73,000 people and displaced 3.5 million others in northern Pakistan and the Pakistani zone of Kashmir.

The government has set up scores of tent villages in the affected areas where tens of thousands of survivors are sheltered.

First Published: Mar 11, 2006 17:48 IST