Berhampur: Houses of at least 16 families were gutted in a massive fire that broke out at Khadala village under Sorada police limits in Ganjam district early on Friday morning. However, no casualty or injury has been reported in the mishap.
According to sources, the incident occurred at around 4 am today when a fire broke out in the kitchen of a house at Khadala Sahi. Within a few minutes, the blaze engulfed the neighbouring houses before the villagers could douse it.
On being informed, fire brigade reached the spot and doused the flames with the help of locals. However, by then property worth lakhs including furniture, goods, and paddy were reduced to cinders.
Later, the district administration reached the spot and distributed relief materials to the affected families.
When asked the fire personnel said the cause behind the mishap is yet to be ascertained.