Manali: Fire gutted nearly 50 houses of Kotla village in Banjar sub-division of Kullu on Sunday at around 4.45pm. While no human life was lost, dozens of livestock were burnt alive in the incident. Temples of Bada Chhamahu Devta, Dhamani Chhamahu Devta, Bhuhani Devta and store of Dhamani Devta were also gutted in fire.
Jewellery and idols of deities worth crores of rupees was also destroyed. Two temples of Bada Chhamahu Devta were also been destroyed in the blaze. The small but thickly-populated village, having over 80 houses, is located on a hilltop above Bali Chowki village. Most houses here were made of timber in traditional kath-kuni architecture style.
Fire tenders from Larji, Mandi and Kullu were rushed to the spot. According to sources, villagers with the help of residents of nearby villages were trying to douse the fire.
Villages of Kullu become vulnerable to fire during winter season and large numbers of fire incidences are reported between October and February every year. The fire has rendered over 60 families homeless in chilling cold.