Forest fire destroys 13 houses in Khotang

Published On: April 25, 2024 01:36 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KHOTANG, April 25: A fire that spread from a community forest has destroyed 13 houses in Baraha Pokhari Rural Municipality-1, Baraha Pokhari.

The fire broke out at Baraha Pokhari community forest and gutted 13 houses, seven lofts and two sheds. Details of the loss incurred by fire are yet to be received.

According to Baraha Pokhari-1 Ward Chair Dhak Bahadur Karki, two houses and lofts of Mohanlal Thapa Magar of Bhirgaun, one house and three lofts of Purna Bahadur Magar, house of Bhadra Singh Magar and two cowsheds, house of Subash Thapa Magar and scaffolding and house of Madan Thapa Magar were gutted in the fire.

The fire destroyed two houses and two lofts, 40 goats, half tola gold, and Rs 50,000 in cash of Ganga Maya Magar of Dansingtar.

Likewise, the fire gutted the houses of Suman Magar of Khorsane village, Lekhraj Khatiwada of Gahate, Hom Bahadur Katawal, and Padma Bahadur Katawal of Danda Kharka village, among others.

The Armed Police Force, Nepal Police, and residents have been trying to douse the fire, but it has not been successful, said Bhuwan Shrestha, a local.

According to the police, 109 fire incidents have so far taken place in the district since last mid-July, causing damage to property worth Rs 40.9 million. 



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