35 houses gutted as fire breaks out in Cuttack slum

Cuttack: In a tragic incident, at least 35 houses and other valuables were gutted in fire that broke out in Bangali Basti near Nirgundi tollgate in Manguli late last night.

Residents of the locality affected by the mishap had to spend the night under the open sky as no immediate help was provided by the local administration.

Though the exact cause of the blaze was not identified till the filing of this report, some residents said the fire started due to a kerosene lamp which subsequently engulfed  the entire locality within few minutes.

After receiving information, five fire brigade units of Cuttack and Choudwar rushed to the spot and doused the fire and brought the situation under control. However, the locals alleged that damage could have been reduced had the fire teams reached the spot on time.

No casualty was reported due to the fire incident.