Massive fire near Line of Control, 16 Indian Army barracks reduced to ashes in Kashmir’s Kupwara

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A major fire swept across the Indian Army’s 45 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) camp along the Line of Control (LoC) reducing around 16 of its barracks to ashes at Machil sector in Kupwara district of North Kashmir.

The incident occurred in the afternoon when smoke started billowing inside the camp of 45 RR at Dudhi area of Machil sector along the LoC. Huge flames immediately leapt in the air as fire spread to several barracks reducing the structures to ashes.

Police said around 16 barracks, mostly made of wood,  were reduced to ashes within hours.

The camp is located at a strategic location given that Machil is one of the routes for infiltration from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Three militants were killed when army foiled an infiltration bid in Machil sector on June 6. Two of the three militants killed in Machil sector later turned out to be Kashmiris who had traveled to Pakistan on valid travel documents.

The army is trying to ascertain the losses caused by the fire. “We are assessing the losses caused by the fire. Process has started to figure out the damages caused by the fire”, said an officer.

The police said the fire has mostly probably been caused either by the shot circuit or the Kerosene stove. “Since there were wooden structures in the camp the fire spread quickly. Around 20 structures were damaged including four of the Power Development Department.

There is no loss of life. It seems the fire was most probably caused either by shot circuit or Kerosene stove”, said Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar, Senior Superintendent of Police, Kupwara.

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