Udupi: A house with thatched roof belonging to Srinivas Acharya in Nadibettu of Shirva was reduced to ashes in a sudden fire on Sunday around 8-30 pm.
The fire was caused when a lamp lit in front of the deity’s pedestal was carried by a rat towards the roof. Since the roof was thatched with grass, the fire spread very rapidly.
The poor family’s hard earned possessions like 50 sacks of rice, five sacks of paddy seeds, agricultural implements, yokes, granary and utensils perished in the fire. The loss is estimated at Rs 2.50 lakh.
Since the outhouse was a little distance away from the house, the buffaloes reared for farming remained safe.
A case has been registered in the Shirva police station.