Jagatsinghpur: Residents were left in a state of panic in Durda village under Katara panchayat in Jagatsinghpur district last night after ‘mysterious fire’ reduced at least 12 houses to ashes causing a loss of assets worth lakhs.
As per the locals, fire incidents kept on occurring in the village for past few days despite all precautionary measures taken by the residents. However, it took an alarming turn last night and engulfed to 12 houses in which furniture, electronic goods, food grains and vital documents of several families were lost.
The fire rendered the families of Niranjan Swain, Bansidhar Swain, Rajkishore Swain, Subash Behera and Nimain Charan Jena in the village homeless.
Later, firefighters from Tirtol rushed to the spot and doused the flames.
Local MP Kulamani Samal and MLA Rajashree Mallick also reached the spot to take stock of the situation.
An investigation by district administration is underway to find out the cause of the fire.