The intensity of fire was such that family members could not bring out anything from their houses and all household articles, including furniture, crops and dresses, were burnt to ashes.
Though the exact reason behind spread of the fire was yet to be known, victim families alleged that it was a handy work of their rivals. But, they have not filed any complaint with police in this regard.
According to information, the doors of Banshidhar Jena were locked from outside when fire broke out late on Thursday night. Banshidar and his wife and family members of his three sons, who were fast asleep then, could feel the extreme heat and woke up. They then broke open backside windows and came out. Hearing their cries, villagers too rushed to the spot and gathered.
While a motorcycle, a cycle and all other household articles were burnt in the fire, five houses belonging to Ratnakar Jena and Prasant Jena also burnt as the blaze spread due to explosion of a LPG cylinder in the mishap.
All family members are now spending days under the open sky. Villagers have demanded adequate Government assistance for the affected families.