Eight residential houses were gutted in a fierce blaze Thursday afternoon in congested Zaina Kadal locality of Downtown here. The houses belonged to Muhammad Rajab Sofi, Tariq Jalali, Zahoor Wani, Muhammad Shafi Malik, Abdul Rashid Malik and Tariq Ahmad Baba, police said. The locals present there immediately called fire and emergency services but till the officials reached the spot, most of the houses were damaged in the locality, alleged Zuhaib Ahmad, a local resident. SDPO M R Gunj, Mohammad Yousuf told KNS that police and fire services have controlled the blaze and saved the nearby houses from burning. The police officer said that eight residential houses have gutted. “We are ascertaining the exact cause of the blaze,” he told KNS.
2015 Kashmir Despatch