Bihar: Woman, daughter-in-law, granddaughter charred to death as 22 houses gutted in fire in Samastipur | Patna News – Times of India

PATNA: Altogether three persons of a family including a mother-daughter duo were charred to death in a fire that reduced at least 22 houses to ashes at village Chakkantoli in Rambhadrapur panchayat under Kalyanpur police station area of Samastipur district at around midnight on Friday.
The deceased persons have been identified as Kishun Devi, aged around 65 years, her daughter-in-law Sangeeta Devi, aged around 35 years and her daughter Ganga Kumari who was mere two and half years old.
A villager Sadhu Sharan Rai told TOI over phone that Kishun’s husband Sonelal Rai (70) and Sangeeta’s husband Amlesh Yadav (40) somehow managed to escape as they were sleeping outside their house. Rai said that it was yet not clear how the fire broke out inside Kishun’s house.
“Everyone was fast asleep at the time of incident. All the houses were made of mud, straw and tin or plastic sheet roof and were located adjacent to each. The fire which erupted inside Sonelal’s house immediately engulfed other houses located around the spot soon,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kalyanpur police station SHO Braj Kishore Singh said that the fire is suspected to have erupted from cooking gas leakage or from any slow burning item like mosquito coil kept inside the house.
“The flames quickly spread out due to dry straws giving no chance to the three females to run out of the house. They were charred to death inside,” he said.
Singh said that a small fire tender stationed at the Kalyanpur police station and a large fire tender at the district headquarters were pressed into action with help of which the fire was extinguished.
“Altogether 22 houses were gutted in the fire. The occupants are yet to submit a detailed written complaint about the loss of properties caused from the fire besides the death of three persons,” he said.
SHO Singh said that all three bodies have been handed over to family for cremation after post-mortem.
Meanwhile, Kalyanpur circle officer (in-charge) Santosh Kumar Srivastava said Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia have been handed over to the next of kin against each of the three deceased persons.
“Besides, a financial aid of Rs 9800 to each of the 22 families affected from fire is also being provided. Rs 20000 against each of the three deceased persons is additionally provided to their kin under Mukhya mantri parivarik labh yojna,” Srivastava added.

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