KADAPA: A 68-year-old woman Keerthipati Ramasubbamma sustained burns and 20 thatched houses were destroyed in a fire in Balarachapalle village in Rajampet mandal on Wednesday evening. Friction between overhead electric wires caused the fire and the houses were reduced to ashes by the time fire tender reached the village. Rajampet MLA A. Amarnath Reddy, RDO Venkataramana Reddy, Rajampet tahsildar Gunabhushan Reddy consoled the families rendered homeless and disbursed immediate assistance of Rs. 4,000 and gave 10 kg of rice to each affected family. The MLA assured to get pucca houses sanctioned for the fire victims.