Bhadrak, May 1: At least 22 houses belonging to 11 families were reduced to ashes after lightning strike triggered a massive fire in Gop sahi under Tihidi block of Bhadrak district in the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.
As per the residents, a lightning bolt hit the houses of Krupasindhu Khuntia, Narahari Khuntia, Bishnu Mohan Khuntia and Purna Chandra Khuntia late in the night causing the spark.
In no time the flames spread to other houses located in the neighborhood leaving people in the village in a state of panic. Though they managed to escape from their houses and saved lives furniture, electronic goods, food grains and other valuable items were gutted completely.
The local fire brigade officials rushed to the spot and doused the fire after the villagers failed to contain the same on their own.
Affected families whom the fire rendered homeless have demanded compensation from the administration.