Tine Mena’s house gutted in fire

[ Karyir Riba ]
ROING, May 18: In an utterly tragic event, the house of the first woman Everester of the state, Tine Mena, located in Do kilo (2 kms from Roing town) was gutted after being engulfed in a fire.
As per information, the fire that broke out at around 5 this morning, spread very quickly and burnt the entire house along with all its belongings to ashes in a matter of seconds.
Mena said that after a meeting on tourism with the IMCLS at her house on the previous night, she went to bed at around 10:30 pm after her guests had left. Early in the morning, she woke up to a phone call from her father only to find her house was on fire. “If not for my father’s phone call, we would be dead today”, said Mena.
One part of her house was already on fire, while they were fast asleep, and since the house was a traditional house made of bamboo, the fire did not take time to spread.
Although Mena is reportedly fine, three family members received burns while trying to save some property. Not a single item could be saved.
Mena said that she had very clearly put out the fire in the fireplace properly before calling it a night. She also informed that her house did not have electricity connection, ruling out the possibility of a short circuit. Hence, the cause of the fire remains unknown.
Unfortunately, all of Mena’s certificates and equipments were also lost to the fire. As per customary rules, following a fire incident, she cannot leave the incident site and has to build a house within five days time, so she is now living in a tent until her new house is ready.
“The IMCLS has contributed some food items while Pomaya Mithi has also helped in cash”, mentioned Mena.
This is not the first time that the Everester has suffered a loss of this nature as Mena’s house in Intaya village was also completely burnt down in 2014.

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