Fire displaces one family in Columbus


An unidentified inferno in an apartment rented by a resettled Bhutanese has displaced five-members of the family in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday.

IMG_1374The fire broke out in Leela Dhital’s apartment at 4766 Carahan Road Sunny Isles in Columbus, confirmed Tara Dhungana, Ad-hoc Chairperson of the Bhutanese Nepali Community of Columbus (BNCC).

According to Leela’s son Kumar, there was no any member in the apartment at the time of the mishap.

“We were out in a relative’s house to observe Laxmi Puja and play Deusi-Bhaii,” Kumar told BNS, “No one in the apartment. We knew about the incidence when fire extinguisher trucks arrived. We couldn’t save valuables.”

The American Red Cross and BNCC are assisting the displaced family.

“The incident has occurred in the eve of festival. We ask the displaced family members not to feel otherwise as the entire community is with them. I want to assure all possible helps from our side,” said Dhungana.

Dhungana said that the community is exploring the neighborhood for available resources to help the family.

BNS Correspondent, Roshan Shanker, who is also a volunteer of the American Red Cross, visited Dhital’s apartment earlier today. He has been coordinating with the Red Cross to assist the displaced family with food, clothing and furniture.