Tribune News Service
Amritsar, April 16
A fire broke out at a house in Namak Mandi on Thursday night. The firefighters managed to douse flames on second and third floors of the house. The entire structure caught fire as it was mainly counstructed with wood.
A portion of house also collapsed due to heat. Flames also reached wooden balcony of neighbouring house, but timely action by firefighters saved it from further damage.
The Fire Brigade Department officials said they received a call at 8.15 pm and they sent four fire engines to douse the flames.
Due to narrow lane, fire engines failed to reach the site and firefighters had to use 150-ft long pipes to bring fire under control.
Residents alleged that owner Rakesh Arora himself set the house on fire. They said the house owner and his wife Sangeeta clashed following which the latter left the house around 15 days ago. Sangeeta also alleged that her husband set the house on fire. Ranjit Singh, SHO, Gate Hakima police station, said, “Area residents and wife of Rakesh Arora is alleging that he deliberately set the house on fire. We will investigate the matter and take appropriate action.”
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