Karanjia: As many as five persons including two girls sustained critical burn injuries in a forest fire on Jualikata-Talpada road under Thakurmunda police limits of Mayurbhanj district on Sunday. The injured have been admitted to a local hospital in critical condition.
Sources said that fire broke out in a forest near Jualikata-Talpada road for some unknown reason. Furthermore, a heavy wind blew in the area that spread the fire throughout the forest.
Meanwhile, an auto-rickshaw ferrying three passengers was en route to Thakurmunda market and a businessman on his van was coming from the opposite side. The two vehicles collided head-on following which all of them fell out of the vehicles and received burn injuries in the fire.
The injured were rescued and admitted to Thakurmunda Community Health Centre (CHC) for treatment.
Four of the injured persons have been identified as Samita Naik (15), Sumati Maharana, Pindu Maharana (5) and Mamtaz Ali, while another person is yet to be identified.