As many as 120 cowsheds were gutted in a fire and three persons were injured in Narainapur Rural Municipality, Banke.

This is the fifth time a fire incident has been reported in Narainapur in two months. The fire had started from a thatched roof house belonging to Phakire Pathan at Khodawa of the rural municipality at 3:35pm yesterday.

The fire then spread to the neighbouring houses.

Chief District Officer Ram Bahadur Kurumbang and a security team reached the site and rescued the victims.

As many as four fire engines of Narainapur Rural Municipality, Nepalginj sub-metropolis and Kohalpur Municipality were used to douse the fire.

With the help of Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, the local community and Redcross, among others, the fire was brought under control.

The three injured women in the fire are receiving treatment in a Nepalgunj-based health facility. Police said it was very difficult to bring the fire under control due to strong wind in the area.

Lawmaker Krishna KC, CDO Kurumbang and SP Om Bahadur Rana also helped rescue the victims.

Police said that Mishrilal Pasi, 55, Mayawati Pasi, 52, and Gunawati Pasi, 35, of the rural municipality were injured in the incident.

According to CDO Kurungbang, 40 set of tents, 860 kg beaten rice, 2,400 packets of noodles, 1,400 packets of biscuits, 60 cartons of water bottles and other food materials were sent to the affected areas today.

Similarly, Narainapur Rural Municipality has helped the fire victims with 10 sacks of rice, 25 kg pulses, 25 kg beaten rice, and 10 cartons of water bottles.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 5, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.