Twelve people, including seven children, were charred to death after a fire broke out in Harinagar village in Aurangabad district’s Dawood Nagar police station area on Friday afternoon. Though all the bodies have not yet been identified, most victims reportedly belonged to an extended family.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced Rs 4 lakh as compensation to the next of kin of each victim.
The fire reportedly started from the earthen kitchen in the mud house of one Bhola Paswan at Harinagar village, which is nearly 20 km from Aurangabad town. The fire spread to the adjoining houses of Jata Ram, Lalan Ram and Baban Ram. Jata Ram’s house was hosting a Tilak ceremony and most casualties are believed to have been from his house. Villagers said the fire spread fast due to a strong wind and most people could not escape due to narrow exits.
Also, the fire brigade took more than an hour to reach the spot and the fire could be controlled only two hours after it broke out.
At least a dozen people were injured in the incident.
Of the 12 bodies recovered by rescue teams, some were charred beyond recognition. “Our teams are camping at the spot and providing relief to the injured,” said Aurangabad DM Kawal Tanuj.