Srinagar/Dec, 05: A massive fire broke out in the main market area of Village Fatehgarh, Baramulla in the night of 4-5 December at 11:10 PM. The fire soon engulfed large area being densely built wooden shops and residential area. Trees in the vicinity soon caught the fire extending the conflagration zone in the market. Initially local volunteers from the village tried to control the blaze but failed to contain followed by which help was sought from Indian Army. Responding to the break of fire, two teams of army including one Quick Reaction Team rushed immediately to the site with fire fighting equipments. Army troops without caring for their own safety, quickly formed a human chain from the water point to the incident site. The fire was contained and not allowed to spread to adjacent Shops, houses and trees.
Meanwhile local police, Fire Fighting teams from fire service department and assistance from other security forces with water bowsers and other fire fighting equipments also moved for place of incident. Army troops paved the way for the local fire brigade and continued extinguishing the fire alongside the firefighters. After a strenuous firefight, the blaze was finally tamed at 01:15 AM. Village Panchayat members witnessing the incident lauded the selfless efforts, professionalism and courage displayed by Army personnel for timely assistance provided in extinguishing the fire thereby minimising losses. Senior Citizens of the village present also extended the thanks for spirit of unity displayed by men in uniform.(PRO Def)