Hojai, Aug 6: Properties worth more than 10 lakh were reduced to ashes when a devastating fire engulfed 13 houses at Pachali in Hojai on Monday.
It is suspected that due to short circuit this massive fire broke out.
According to the locals, fire fighters reached the spot 1 hour after the incident occurred.
Notably, fire brigade department is nearly 2 km away from the spot but this type of delay has raised serious concerns among the denizens of Hojai.
However, around five fire fighters from Hojai, Sankardev Nagar and Nilbagan reached the spot, extinguished the fire and brought the situation under control.
No loss of human lives has been reported so far. Further investigation is going on.