Kupwara, Aug 28, CNS: A major fire incident damaged army barracks in
Machil sector along the line of control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday.
Reports said that army’s 45 RR headquarter camp located at Hamar Gali in Machil sector caught fire due to apparent short circuit. The fire spread within no time damaging army barracks, arms and ammunition and oil barrels.
A police official said that though arms and ammunition was safely retrieved from the barracks, however, the oil barrels and other property suffered massive damage. He said that over 10 barracks were gutted in the fire.
The official added that some explosives also caught fire as a result continuous blasts were heard.
Reports said that a couple of soldiers also suffered burn injuries while it due to difficult terrain fire tenders were unable to reach the spot in time.
SSP Kupwara said that fire was brought under control after strenuous efforts. He said that the quantum of loss is being assessed.