Bhubaneswar: Properties worth lakhs of rupees were burnt to ashes as a major fire engulfed 27 houses at Khandal village under Sorada block in Ganjam district during wee hours of Friday.
According to reports, the blaze emanated from a house at around 4 am and consequently engulfed 27 houses belonging to about nine families in a few hours. Villagers brought water from ponds and wells and tried to douse the fire. By the time the fire vehicles reached the village, 17 houses had already been burnt.
Besides houses, bags of paddy, rice, mung and other food grains, household articles and dresses were burnt to ashes.
Villagers have demanded that the Government provide relief material and adequate compensation to the affected families.