Jammu, May 23 : The army in the twin districts of Ramban and Rajouri have averted major fire tragedies, officials said here on Sunday.
Officials told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer that fire erupted in the forest area near Lam area of Nowshera in Rajouri district during the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.
“Troops of Rashtriya Rifles battalion of Lam swung into action and two QRTs were pressed into service to douse the flames. After three hours they were able to control the flames,” they said.
They said that several hundred acres of dry grass field and agriculture land is located close to the forest area where fire erupted and further spreading of flames would have resulted into a huge loss of wheat crop. “However, the timely action of the army prevented the fire from spreading further and a major tragedy was averted,” they said.
Meanwhile, in another incident, army troops doused off a massive fire that broke out in a residential house in Mangat Khari village of Ramban district.
Deputy Commissioner Ramban said that the timely action by an army unit from Mahubal prevented a major tragedy on the intervening night of Staurday and Sunday in Mangat Khari village.
He said that fire had erupted from a residential house and after five hours of strenuous efforts army troops were able to douse off the flames and also retrieved vital house hold goods from the blazing fire.