Residents suspect a short circuit could have started fire

Fire guts house in Bartsham

A fire in Thumburthung village in Bartsham, Trashigang, razed a two-storied traditional house to the ground around 11am yesterday.

No casualties were reported. The cause of the fire is not known, however, residents suspect a short circuit.

According to Tsheringla, who first reported of the incident to police, he saw thick smoke at the window. “When I returned at the scene after calling the police, the fire had raged and it was almost impossible for me to do anything.”

Most people in the area including the house residents had left for the national day celebrations at Bartsham Central School ground.

Immediately after the incident was reported, police personnel and DeSuups attending the national day event were deployed to contain the fire. The fire engine from Trashigang arrived about 30 minutes after the incident was reported.

The owner of the house, Tenzin, said he runs a general shop alongside his house. “Except for the power tiller lying outside the house, nothing could be saved,” he said. “Besides the goods at the shop, there were maize and beans that we were preparing to sell.”

It was learnt that the property damage from the fire could be around Nu 2 million.

Staff Reporter 

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