VARANASI: Five members of a family lost their lives when their hut caught fire at Shahpur village in Kopaganj police station area of Mau district on Tuesday night.
The bodies were sent for the post-mortem. The district administration announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased.
According to reports, the woman identified as Guddi Devi (35) along with her three children Abhishek (12), Dinesh (10) and Anjesh (6), and her sister’s daughter Chandani (14) were living in the hut. Guddi’s husband Ramashankar lived somewhere else to earn a living.
They were sleeping in the hut after taking their meal when the fire broke out and engulfed the hut. All of them were burnt alive in the fire.
The local residents tried to extinguish the fire, and the tenders were also taken to the village to douse the flames, but they could not be saved.
The Mau district magistrate, Arun Kumar, DIG, Akhilesh Kumar and SP, Avinash Pandey reached the spot after getting information. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be known.
According to officials, as per initial report a spark from the stove resulted in the hut catching fire.
The DM said that the woman and the children were in the hut when a spark from the stove caught fire, in which they lost their lives.

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