Fire destroys panchayat house, government school in Kashmir

Srinagar: A panchayat house and a store of a government middle school were damaged in separate fire incidents in Ganderbal and Pulwama districts of Kashmir valley, officials said on Thursday.

A single-storey Panchayat Ghar was damaged in a mysterious fire incident at village Arigam in Pulwama district of south Kashmir late this afternoon, the officials said.

In another incident, the officials said fire broke out under suspicious circumstances at government middle school at Busarbugh in Ganderbal district of central Kashmir.

A chowkidar and some teachers present in the school at the time of the fire brought the blaze under control, they said, adding the fire damaged a store in the building.

They said police is investigating the cause of the fire at both the places.

Fire also damaged a shopping complex at Duderhama town in Ganderbal district yesterday, the officials said, adding cause of the fire was not known immediately.