Manipur News | KANGPOKPI| Apr 1
In a devastating fire that occurred today at Semol village under Saikul Assembly Constituency of Kangpokpi district, properties worth more than Rs. 1 Crore were reportedly reduced to ashes.
The unfortunate fire incident happened this afternoon at around 4:00 pm when the residential house of the secretary of Semol Baptist Church, Thangkhopao Haokip along with his grocery-cum-Stationery shop run by his wife Lhingboi and located nearby the house caught fire allegedly out of an electrical short circuit.
It may be mentioned here that Semol village comprising of more than 70 households is located around 26 km away from the state capital, Imphal under Saikul PS; and the nearest Fire Sub Station from the village is at Lamlai which is situated around 15 to 16 km away from the village. And owing to the long distance, the fire brigade was able to reach the spot after the fire had totally incinerated the entire properties.
According to Thangkhopao Haokip, all other properties except for an A-Star car park inside the garage were completely burned down which was ignited by an electrical short circuit. The LPG cylinder subsequently caught fire and burst into flames turning the fire into a raging inferno which razed down the house and properties.
Properties including medical items worth Rs. 1 lakh; grocery items worth Rs. 25,000; stationery items including textbooks, notebooks and school uniforms etc. worth Rs. 10 Lakhs; Church building construction funds amounting to Rs. 8.80 Lakhs along with Semol Women Self Help Group (SHG) funds of Rs. 85,000; 60 Rice bags worth Rs. 81,000/- and other properties yet to be estimated had been gutted in the fire while the value of the residential house is estimated to be approximately around Rs. 24 lakhs.
The Church secretary said, “As the Church is currently undertaking Church building construction, I have been keeping the Church money in my residence while my wife is running a Grocery-cum-Stationery shop where she also sell Blossom Community Education Centre textbooks, notebooks and uniforms amongst others
“However, all these valuable properties have already been completely razed to the ground in the devastating fire today,” he continued while seeking sympathy on the part of the concerned department and the state Government for their kind intervention for compensation.
Thangkhopao Haokip further stated that Lamlai Police rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation; but no casualties have been reported in the destructive fire. “However, casualties could have happened in the fire incident if there was no mourning in the village due to the untimely demise of a villager this morning,” he added.