Fire destroys Parra house, families in ruin

A house at Almeidavaddo, Parra, was burnt to the ground in a fire which broke out at around 3.30am on Sunday.

No one was injured. Mapusa fire brigade officials said they received a call at 4.28am informing them of the fire, following which a fire tender rushed to the spot.

Fire brigade personnel led by Ankush Malik brought the blaze under control within 15 minutes and fully extinguished all embers by 6.20am.

The fire-fighting operation was supervised by senior fire officer Dattaram Redkar.

It is learnt that the house was occupied by two brothers and their families, Krishna Shetty and Ramdas Shetty. The house was divided into two and the two families were staying in separate wings of the house.

The fire is said to have broken out in the section occupied by Ramdas, who was not in the house at the time of the fire. The fire then spread to the other parts of the house and was first noticed by Krishna, who immediately rushed out of the house and raised an alarm.

The fire reduced the roof to ashes and totally destroyed all household appliances like TVs, fridge, furniture and even melted the copper and steel utensils in the house.

Fire brigade officials said the loss was estimated at 3,92,000, while the cause of the fire is under investigation. MLA Michael Lobo who rushed to the spot, said he arranged for immediate relief of 50,000 to the families from the chief minister's relief fund, and would donate his one month's salary of Rs one lakh. Parra panchayat also offered 10,000, while villagers have also offered aid.  [TOI]