A fire broke out in Lower Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday evening, razing 18 houses to ashes, police informed on Monday.
However, there were no casualties in the incident, which occurred at Model Village in Roing, the district headquarters. The houses were under District Urban Development Agency (DUDA).
Roing Fire Station in-charge Kasem Tayeng informed that strong winds made it difficult for the fire fighters to contain the blaze.
The wind-aided fire spread quickly to the closely built houses and reduced all 18 of them to ashes before the fire fighters brought the flame under control after hours of efforts. The fire is suspected to have started from an unattended fireplace, the police said.