Berhampur: More than 80 houses were gutted after a major fire broke out in a slum near Biju Patnaik Park in the city today.
However, no causality was reported till the filing of this report though properties worth lakhs were reduced to ashes due to the severe fire. Two fire tenders struggled for more than two hours to douse the flame.
Eyewitness accounts said that a cooking gas cylinder kept in one of the houses exploded causing the fire which immediately started spreading to other houses in the slum.
The slum dwellers have demanded compensation from the local administration.
Berhampur police along with a team of officials from Odisha Fire Services have started investigation to ascertain the exact cause of the fire and assess the amount of properties lost due to the fire in the slum.