Three die in fire arranged to escape cold in Orissa
Gobinda Behera (11) and his sister Sulochana (9) perished after being engulfed by a fire at Pallahara in Angul district last night, police said.
The two, children of Ramachandra Behera, were guarding harvested paddy in a field and occasionally warming themselves moving around a fire. Suddenly, a heap of hay stack caught fire and engulfed the entire area killing them.
In another incident, ragpicker Rama Jena (50) was charred to death while he was sleeping in a thatched house with a fire nearby as room heater at Bhanjanagar in Ganjam district today.
The fire caught polythenes he had stored and he could not escape from the burning house, police said.