Berhampur: Around 60 families at Harijansahi in Barpali of Ganjam district were rendered homeless after a massive fire broke out in the area last night in which at least 80 houses were gutted and property worth lakhs were reduced to ashes.
Though no casualty has been reported so far, the mishap occurred when the people were sleeping and they could not save their property.
At least six fire tenders were pressed into action and the blaze was doused.
Though the exact reason behind the cause of fire is yet to be ascertained, it is suspected to be a handiwork of some miscreants over power theft allegation between two groups.
Meanwhile, locals have demanded compensation for the fire mishap affected families, who have been rendered homeless after the incident.