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Devastating fire consume seven houseboats at Nigeen Lake

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By: Tariq Shah VOV


In a devastating fire incident seven houseboats and three shelter sheds were gutted in a massive fire incident on the waters of Nigeen Lake. This fire incident has shocked the houseboat owners as most of them have the bookings for another few months in advance.

Police and officials have confirmed that the seven houseboats and three sheds were damaged completely in this fire incident which happened during the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

According to GNS in its news report over this incident of arson in Nigeen Lake it has said in its news report on Monday as follows. They said fire started from a houseboat and engulfed adjacent ones. Though locals and police launched a firefighting operation, the houseboats were “substantially” gutted before the blaze was finally contained.

An official of the Fire and Emergency department told GNS that six fire tenders were rushed to spot as soon as news about the fire was received at around 2:26 a.m. He said the fire was towards the Nigeen Club of the lake. While there were no reports about injury to anyone in the incident, the loss as per locals was colossal.

“The fire started from one houseboat at around 2 a.m. and then spread to others,” said Raj Mohammad, whose houseboat was also gutted in the devastating fire. “I have lost everything. I, along with my wife, used to put in this houseboat. This was my source of livelihood.  I am now shelter-less and have nowhere to go. I have no support except for Allah,” Raj Mohammad said, putting the loss suffered by him to around Rs three crores. “I couldn’t even salvage the gold and other ornaments of my wife.”

Besides seven house boats, three sheds were also gutted in the fire, the officials said. Cause was fire was being ascertained by the police, they added. The houseboats damaged include “Royal paradise, India palace, Jersey, Lily of the world, New Maharaja Palace, Young Swift and Flora.”

With GNS inputs

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