Mangaluru: Fire broke out in a cluster of hutments in Port Lane in Hoige Bazar on Friday evening, causing a loss of about Rs 3 lakh.
The hutments are occupied by migrants from Tamil Nadu who are into fishing trade. They live there all through the year except during the months when a ban is imposed on fishing.
Three huts, belonging to Janaki, Murugan and Kanaka were reduced to ruins, while another, located a distance away, was partly damaged. The loss was worsened by an LPG which blasted in the heat of the fire.
The occupants have reported that Rs 7,000 in cash, ration cards, Aadhar cards and bank documents have been charred in the fire. As all of them were out on work, there was no injury or loss of life.
The fire made for cooking in the morning in one of them may have remained smouldering and may have spread widely, said the police and the fireme