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Three dead as fire in Srinagar's Dal Lake destroys multiple houseboats

Officials said the fire broke out near Ghat number 9 of Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar at around 5.15 am on Saturday. Property worth crores of rupees were destroyed in the fire, they said.

Kashmiris work to douse a fire that gutted several houseboats early morning in the interiors of Dal Lake, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. (AP)Premium
Kashmiris work to douse a fire that gutted several houseboats early morning in the interiors of Dal Lake, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. (AP)

Three people died in a massive fire that broke out at houseboats in the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on Saturday, officials were quoted by PTI as saying. “The charred bodies were recovered in the early hours of Saturday near ghat number nine," they added.

The identity of the deceased is yet to be ascertained.

The fire broke out in the tourist hub of the Dal Lake early Saturday. As many as five houseboats an equal number of huts attached to them were gutted. According to official, property worth crores of rupees were destroyed in the fire.

 

According to an official of the Fire and Emergency Services Department, the fire broke out near Ghat number 9 of Dal Lake at around 5.15 am.  Upon receiving a call, fire service officials reached the spot and started a rescue operation.

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"The situation is under control...There were five houseboats and eight huts...We have rescued tourists also," an official was quoted by ANI as saying.

Some tourists were rescued after a fire broke out at Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar District, fire officials said on Saturday.

"Some 5-8 houseboats and huts were gutted in the fire. We can't identify the source of this fire, we are identifying it. We started the rescue operation immediately after receiving the call," Station House Officer Fire Service, Farooq Ahmad told ANI.

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He further said they also asked for manpower from the district headquarters in Srinagar.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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The fire was reported right before Kashmir's tourism season opens. One of the most popular things to do in the area is to stay in houseboats.

On Friday, many areas, especially the higher reaches, of Kashmir received snowfall while rains lashed the plains, leading to the closure of national highways connecting the valley with the rest of the country, officials said as reported by PTI.

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Published: 11 Nov 2023, 05:17 PM IST
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