20 Jan. A huge fire broke out in Bhutanese Refugee Camp, Beldangi-1 at around 9:40 local time, Wednesday. Assumed to have started from Ghataney’s hut from a candle flame, the fire has gutted about 140 refugee huts located at sector A/3.
Local residents and armed police force from a nearby station rushed to the site to help dismantle the fire and rescue victims. Armed Police Force (APF) is said to have played a crucial role in this disastrous incident. According to our correspondent in Beldangi, when the fire extinguisher arrived the spot the bigger portion of the fire had already been brought under control. He told Bhutanusa.com that 50 houses were completely burnt while the other remaining were demolished in an effort to stop the flame from spreading any further.
Poorly-built bamboo and thatched-roof houses in refugee camps catch fire easily. So far the fire has destroyed lives and a lot of properties in different refugee camps in Nepal.
As an insult added to injury, at the time of the fire and at the aftermath of it fire victims lost their household items to ‘pretending helpers’ popularly known as thieves.
No human casualty has been reported though.
(Details to follow)