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Orphanage gutted in Srinagar fire

January 24, 2018

Srinagar, Jan 23: A two-story orphanage building was gutted in fire in Srinagar’s Jawahar Nagar on Monday night.

Fire broke out in the two story building of Baitul Hilal, an orphanage building resulting in the complete damage of the building. The building comprised seven rooms and two store rooms. The building was mainly made of wood that is why it burnt rapidly.

According to the students, the fire broke out due to short-circuit. All the items inside the building were destroyed in the fire.

Muneer Ahmad, the employee of an orphanage told The Kashmir Monitor that, “Fire broke out at around 9 PM and I immediately reached on the spot, but unfortunately the fire engulfed the entire building at that time and after reaching on the spot. I immediately contacted fire services and then they reached on the spot on time and controlled the fire from spreading.”

“We have lost all our important document and records from 2000 till date, the damage is of around Rs 55 lakh,” he added.

Students of this orphanage were also affected badly because of this massive fire.

“When we were about to sleep, we saw a huge fire raging. We shouted loudly and our teacher and other neighbors came to our rescue. Some of us jumped from the windows, some of our little students cried due to the fear. Unfortunately we have lost all our important books, clothes and other important items, we have nothing to wear now, we have only these clothes which we are wearing this time,” said Sohail Mir, one of the students.

Mohammed Rafiq Lone Ex-Chairman of the orphanage requested public to come forward and support them.

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