Srinagar: A woman was charred to death and four others including an elderly couple were injured in a devastating fire incident in which four houses were completely gutted and three others were partially damaged at Jamalat Nawakadal locality in Srinagar on Thursday.
Official sources told Global News Service that fire erupted in one of the houses at the congested locality and apparently, there was some gas cylinder blast. Subsequently, they said, the fire spread to other houses and caused extensive damage to all four structures and partial damage to three others before the fire was controlled.
Officials added that said the woman who did not move out was charred to death while three civilians including an elderly couple—Abdul Aziz and his wife Fazi Begum—were injured along with the leading fireman Mohammad Rafiq.
The injured have been hospitalized. The woman who lost her life in the fire incident has been identified as Shakeela wife of Ghulam Mohammad Khosa.
A police officer told the news agency that the cause of the fire is being ascertained.