Guwahati: At least 2 were killed and 3 others injured when a massive fire broke out in Upper Assam's Jorhat town on the intervening night of Sunday and Saturday. This was the second major fire incident in the Upper Assam town within 5 days.
Two members of the same family, identified as Gomti Devi, 72, and Satyanarayan Agarwal, 75, perished in the fire that broke out in the dead of the night.
According to reports, the fire took place at a building at the Thakur Bari area of Jorhat town and then spread to two more buildings in its vicinity.
Reportedly, the fire broke out at an automobile repairing shop, and the duo, a husband and wife couple, perished on the spot.
At least 3 persons were injured in the blaze. They have been identified as Mahendra Agarwal, 58, Krishna Gopal Agarwal, 55, and Usha Singhi, 50.
Officials involved in the fire control operations said that at least six other persons have suffered minor injuries due to the fire and follow-up rescue exercise.
Roshni Korati, the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner, told reporters that the injured persons have been shifted to a hospital for treatment.
Immediately after the fire broke out, the DC, as well as SP, reached the spot to assess the situation. Locals in the area also sprung into action to bring the raging inferno under control.
Assam Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami, who is an MLA from Jorhat constituency, visited the site and took stock of the situation.
It needs mention here that as many as 13 fire tenders the fire service, the ONGC, Air force, NRL, were pushed into service to bring the blaze under control.
Korati further stated that prima facie, the reason for the fire seemed to be a "short circuit."