A three-year-old child was killed in a fire that destroyed three houses in the western part of Udayapur district on Sunday evening.

The deceased has been identified as Arbindra Thapa of Palsing in Katari Municipality-10.

The fire that started at around 4:30 pm from the haystack placed near his house, spread to three houses nearby, burning them to cinders, informed police. The houses belonged to three brothers, one of them being Arbindra's father Prakash Thapa.

Arbindra was inside the house at the time of the fire, causing his death, added police.

Security personnel with the help of locals brought the fire under control at 9:30 pm, informed Superintendent of Police (SP) Bhim Bahadur Dahal, at the District Police Office, Udayapur.