Fire renders 52 families homeless

KUDITINI (BELLARY DISTRIC<149>T), AUG. 21. As many as 52 families were rendered homeless in two fire accidents in Bellary taluk on Saturday.

Thirty-nine families of farmers were rendered homeless when their houses at Bhoolakshmi camp, near here in Bellary taluk, were gutted on Saturday.

The 39 families from Andhra Pradesh, who were living in houses made of mud and which had thatched roofs, lost almost all their property. Six houses were saved thanks to the swift action by the camp residents and Fire Force personnel. The high-level canal of the Tungabhadra Reservoir and a distributory nearby came in handy for them to draw water to douse the fire. According to an eyewitness account, fire broke out in one of the houses situated in a corner, and it gradually spread to the others.

The entire area was engulfed in flames when an LPG cylinder reportedly burst and wind spread the fire.

Thirteen huts were destroyed in the other fire accident, which occurred at Jalibenchi village. Mr. Inath Reddy, who visited the spot, arranged for providing food to the affected persons.