3 dead, 5 injured after massive fire in MP


Hoshangabad: 3 people were dead and 25 others injured after a massive fire that ravaged 30 villages which lie within the proximity of Hoshangabad district. The gravity of incident increased after the flames were aggravated by the sudden gusts of wind.

The fire which began around Friday evening was doused only by Saturday morning.
By that time, it had resulted in several deaths and injuries. Several crops in nearby areas were also destroyed by the action of fire.

Stubble was being burnt in some fields at around 7:30pm on Friday. The fire spread due to a gust of wind and soon engulfed 30 villages. Twenty-four fire tenders from different places were deployed to put out the blaze. Wheat has been destroyed over several acres,” said Inspector Ashish Singh Pawar of Kotwali police station.

“Dilip Choura (28), Amit Choura (32) and Shyam Choura (age not known) of Panjarakala area were charred to death. “Twenty-five people have received burn injuries, and the condition of one of them is serious. He has been admitted to a hospital in neighbouring Bhopal,” Inspector Singh added.

A financial help of Rs 4 lakhs is announced to the family of dead and Rs 2 lakh to seriously injured and Rs 59,000 to injured. “The fire has destroyed crops in Badodiyakala, Nimsaria and Panjrakalan villages of the district. A loss assessment exercise has been undertaken to fix compensation,” officials said.