A fire broke out at Wino Bazaar, Ukhrul on Monday around 4: 40pm and razed 12 shops and five rooms.
While the cause of fire and the exact loss of properties are yet to be ascertained, Ngakuimi Awungshi, an eye witness told IFP correspondent that the fire broke out around 4:40pm from one of the rooms belonging to Ngasaiphung Kamkara.
It is learnt that of the 12 shops gutted in today’s fire, six shops belonged to Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) and five rooms belonged to one Ngasaiphung Kamkara of Nungbi Khullen.
The incident was immediately reported to the fire brigade, Ukhrul. However, the fire was doused around 5:30pm after the intervention of 27 Assam Rifles.
The fire brigade responded timely with two of their water tankers but the fire couldn’t be doused. The fire flared up while the fire brigade went back to refill water.
Locals frantically fought the fire from all sides with buckets of water but to no avail.
In the meantime, the 27 Assam Rifles arrived with fire extinguishers. Captain Mandeep Kumar of 27 Assam Rifles used a 50 litre heavy duty fire extinguisher at the most dangerous spot and brought down the fire.
According to AR Officials, four big extinguishers and 12 small fire extinguishers were used to douse today’s fire.
The District Administration and entire populace of Ukhrul were full of praise for the prompt humanitarian assistance by the Assam Rifles which prevented the deadly fire from spreading to nearby residential area.
Michale Shaiza, resident of Wino Bazaar expressed his gratitude to 27 Assam Rifles for their timely intervention in dousing the fire.
Wormila Kharing of Halang, one of the shop owners, told IFP correspondent that the fire destroyed her shop and godown. Goods worth more than Rs 4 lakhs were gutted by the fire. With Christmas season just round the corner, she had stocked many items for sale during the season.
Details from the rest of the shop owners could not be ascertained till the filing of this report.
Many eye witnesses lamented had the firemen better equipped with gears such as fire masks, outfits and extinguishers, the fire could have been put out sooner.
Deputy Commissioner of Ukhrul, Joseph Pauline Kamson, Superintendent of Police of Ukhrul Worngam Ningshen, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Ukhrul, D. Gangmei, SDPO of Ukhrul, Ringthing Hongchui and Commandant of 27 Assam Rifles, Col. Rippon Bora also visited the spot.
It may be mentioned here that in 2009, the infamous “Wino Inferno” had destroyed many homes and properties. The people had rebuilt their homes with their resilience and support from the community.