J-K: Nearly two dozen shanties housing Rohingyas gutted in fire

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Jammu, Apr 5 (PTI) Nearly two dozen shanties were gutted in a major fire at a slum housing Rohingya Muslims in the outskirts of Jammu city on Monday, officials said.

No one was injured in the fire at Maratha Mohalla in Trikuta Nagar, they said.

The fire broke out in one of the shacks in the wee hours and within no time engulfed the nearby wooden huts, turning over 22 huts into ashes, the officials said.

The Fire and Emergency services department responded to the fire call and rushed its tenders to douse the flame, they said, adding that police are yet to ascertain the exact cause of the fire.

'The fire broke out in one of the vacant Juggi's around 1 pm and spread to adjoining huts. We could only manage to save our lives, leaving behind our belongings which gutted in the devastating blaze,” Mustafa, one of the victims, said.

He said a similar fire in the slum last year damaged dozens of shanties.

'We appeal for help to overcome the loss,' he said. PTI TAS SNE