Fire breakout in Shimla’s Jubbal

Devastating fire breakout in Shimla village renders 7 families homeless

Shimla: In yet another devastating incident of a fire breakout in Himachal Pradesh, over seven families of Pujarli village in Jubbal Tehsil of Shimla district lost everything including shelter on their head.

As per the district administration, the fire broke out during afternoon hours on Thursday when most of the people were busy in their routine work and were out of their homes.
Jubbal Fire breakout

The administration and the revenue department are yet to assess the exact financial estimate of the damages. It said the loss of property and valuables is likely to be in crores.

When some villagers saw the smoke rising from the houses, they alerted others along with the police and district administration.

The cause of the fire is not ascertained yet. It could have been caused due to a short-circuit, suggested sources.

As per the reports, the village houses were made of mostly wood, which caused a maximum damage. The houses were literally erased by the fire.

Unfortunately, due to lack of a motorable road upto the village, the fire brigade vehicles could not save anything. Villagers tried to save some of their belongings but could not.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Rohru Ghanshaym Dass Sharma said the affected families have been provided an immediate relief of Rs. 10, 000, blankets, and tents.

Himachal has witnessed several such disastrous fire breakouts in villages where the fire brigade could not reach due to lack of roads.

The state government has not shown any interest in conducting a comprehensive survey to come out with best measures for prevention of fires in villages that have no road-connectivity.

The reason for fire breakout in most of the incidents which occurred in villages was attributed to short-circuit. The traditional houses in the villages of the Hill state use maximum wood along with storing stacks of dry grass for cattle.

Neither the district administrations came out with the idea to create awareness among people about preventive measures to avoid short-circuits, nor did the state government bothered to come out with alternative measures for habitats that lack motorable roads.

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