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A massive fire broke out in the Harijan Colony at around 7.30 pm on Tuesday at the 4th Assam Police Battalion (APBn) in Kahilipara area in Guwahati in Assam. According to initial reports, the fire was caused due to short circuit. However, locals claimed that the fire broke out due to bursting of crackers. Meanwhile, some people also claimed that the fire broke out due to multiple cylinder blasts, but the exact cause of the fire has not been ascertained yet.

A report published in LATESTLY stated that around 14 houses were gutted in the fire, while several others were also damaged. As per reports, more than 50 families have been rendered homeless. The injured were immediately rushed to the hospital and it is reported that few people have perished in the raging inferno. Meanwhile, fire tenders have brought the situation under control. More details are still awaited on the incident.

The report further stated that on Monday, Guwahati Police issued guidelines regarding bursting of crackers in the city during Diwali. As per the order passed by Guwahati West Police District, it was notified that crackers sounding more than 125 decibels are prohibited. The order will remain in force up to the midnight of November 8, 2018.

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