Srinagar: A 24-years-old girl was charred to death after a house caught fire in Mehjoor Nagar area of Srinagar city on Tuesday afternoon. Locals alleged that Fire Tenders arrived late on the spot resulting in the death of a young girl.
Eyewitnesses said that clouds of smoke emanated from Royal Rattan Palace shortly after gas cylinder explosions were heard continuously.
Locals rushed to spot to control the fire; however, due to high intensity of flames they could not do so. Royal Rattan Palace is owned by a Sikh businessman Darshan Singh who said that locals tried their best to evacuate his 24 years old daughter Roshni Kour who was trapped inside the bathroom of the building. “She suffered severe burn injuries and was declared brought dead by doctors at SMHS hospital. She could have been saved if fire tenders would have arrived in time,” he said.
Locals said that fire tenders could not arrive in time due to lack of connectivity. Mehjoor Nagar Bridge has already been closed for vehicular traffic while the fire tenders adopted congested Rambagh route and were stuck in traffic jam. An official from Fire and Emergency Services admitted that they were stuck in traffic jam at Rambagh. “We could have adopted Jawahar Nagar-Mehjoor Nagar route but to lack of connective, we were forced to adopt busy Rambagh route,” he said.
Locals said that the house reserved for marriages and parties was completely gutted in the fire.
A police official said that a case has been registered and investigation taken up to know the cause of fire. Meanwhile, top officials from administration visited the spot to ascertain the facts.