An eight-year-old boy was charred to death and over 30 houses gutted in a devastating fire on Tuesday midnight at Litan in Ukhrul district. The cause of the fire is not known as yet.

Fire tenders in the district could not control the raging fire. Some fire tenders had to be rushed from Imphal. The villagers were not happy that the fire tenders could not reach at Litan located along the State highway.

District Collector and other officials visited Litan on Wednesday. However, relief camp for the persons whose houses and personal belongings were burned to ashes is yet to be opened. The injured persons have been evacuated to hospitals.