Tragedy struck the city of Shillong yesterday evening when a devastating fire broke out in a residential building, claiming the life of one person. The incident occurred in the Laitumkhrah area, leaving residents in shock and grief.
According to eyewitnesses, the fire started around 8 pm and quickly spread throughout the building. Neighbors reported hearing loud explosions and seeing flames shooting out of the windows. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but investigators suspect it may have been caused by a short circuit or faulty wiring.
The deceased has been identified as 35-year-old Rini Kharpran, who lived alone in the building. Her body was found in her apartment, surrounded by smoke and debris. Rescuers were able to retrieve her body after extinguishing the flames.
At least six other people were injured in the blaze, including three firefighters who sustained minor injuries while battling the fire. They were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.
The local community has come together to support the victim’s family during this difficult time. A neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “We are all in shock. Rini was such a kind and gentle soul. She will be deeply missed.”
The police and fire department officials are conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire. So far, they have ruled out arson and are focusing on possible electrical malfunctions.
In light of this tragic event, the Meghalaya government has announced compensation for the victim’s family. Chief Minister Conrad Sangma expressed his condolences and promised to take measures to prevent such incidents in the future.
Residents in the area are calling for better safety regulations and enforcement to avoid similar tragedies. This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of fire safety protocols and regular inspections to ensure buildings are compliant with safety standards.
As the investigation continues, the community comes together to mourn the loss of their loved one. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rini’s family and friends during this difficult time.