A convent of nuns in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur was razed by fire on Tuesday, February 22.
All three sisters of the Daughters of St Francis de Sales convent managed to come out of their rooms when the fire broke out past midnight.
“It is fortunate that there was no loss of life,” said Father Solomon Thezii, chancelor of Imphal archdiocese.
The convent was in an isolated area, but villagers rushed to the convent upon hearing the noise and prevented the fire from spreading to an adjacent school.
“The local people worked for an hour to put off the fire and save the Sacred Heart School,” said Father Thezzi.
The priest said the village had no electricity for a few days so leakage from cooking gas cylinder could have caused the fire.
The loss was estimated at more than 800,000 rupees.