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Seven of family charred to death in Nagaland

It was suspected that sparks from a battery kept inside the house might have lit the petrol kept in a jaricane at Phek in Nagaland.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2005 12:54 IST

All the seven members of a family, including five children, were charred to death when a fire broke out in their house at Phek in Nagaland, police said.

Though the exact cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, it was suspected that sparks from a battery kept inside the house might have lit the petrol kept in a jaricane, leading to the fire at Bible Hill colony of Phek town, they said.

The head of the family, owner of a truck, used to keep reserve petrol inside the house, and a loud explosion was heard before fire engulfed the house, police said.

First Published: Dec 08, 2005 12:54 IST