15% rise in fire incidents recorded this winter; authorities blame changing lifestyle


Srinagar, Dec 30: The valley has seen no letup in the fire incidents this winter, with the Fire and Emergency Department receiving as many as 1200 fire calls in just two months.
In December alone, as many as 606 fire calls were made to the department, which claims that property worth crores of rupees got damaged in the month.
During November, the department received more than 656 fire calls from various districts of the valley.
In these two months, a few major fire incidents happened.
On Thursday, 34 structures were damaged in massive fire at TandMohalla of WadderPayeenRajwar, Handwara, in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. It left 19 families affected.
In November, another major fire broke out in Buchwara area of Srinagar in which 16 houses were gutted and one person lost his life.
In May this year, 13 residential buildings were gutted in Noorbagh, with damage to property worth lakhs of rupees.
As per the Joint Director FE&S, R K Hak, the fire incidents in the ongoing winter season in Kashmir has so far shown an increase of 15 per cent over the previous year.
“During the current winter, the department has received a huge number of fire calls. In November alone, more than 600 fire calls have been received by us. It shows that the number of fire incidents during this season has been more,” he told The Kashmir Monitor.
Hak cited the changing lifestyle and continuous dry spell as the main reason behind the growing fire incidents in the valley.
“We have a different way of life now, as more electric heating appliances are being used, resulting in frequent circuit overload. Dry spell can be a reason, but it is not that abnormal,” he said.
The Joint director FE&S said that the causes of fire are determined by location.
“In towns and city, the fire mostly emerges due to the short circuits. But in villages, hay or charcoal usually causes the fire,” he said.