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Fire engulfs army camp at Machil

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Srinagar: A massive fire has engulfed an army camp in Machil sector along the line of control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday afternoon.
Huge loss of property including arms and ammunition is feared as the fire continues to rage in army’s 45 RR headquarter camp at Hamar Gali in Machil sector, witnesses said.
The fire, believed to have been started due to an electric short circuit was witnessed at around 1:00 pm and engulfed the camp having in-store oil barrels, a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, reports said.
At least three soldiers suffered minor burn injuries in the fire incident even as the process to douse off the flames was started by the army personnel.
A police officer said that some blasts were also heard inside the camp, which is suggestive of the fact that explosives have caught fire and it may take some time to control the flames.
So far eight barracks have been gutted completely along with the office building, the officer said.
“Huge loss is feared in the fire and would be estimated once the flames are brought under control,” the officer added.
An army officer also confirmed the incident and said that efforts are underway to bring the fire under control.
Meanwhile, sources said that fire tenders from police and army are unable to reach the spot due to high terrains and alternative efforts are being made to douse off the flames. (GNS)

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