2 killed as fire destroys church in city

Shillong Nov 17: Two persons have died after a church of the Church of God at Qualapatty here was destroyed by fire that broke out early on Sunday at around 4 am.

Police suspected that two persons must have died due to suffocation as their house located very close to the devastated church.

People started noticing flames licking the internal parts of the church at around 4 am.

Police however suspected that the fire must have broken out much earlier.

Superintendent of Police of East Khasi Hills district, C. Lyngwa confirmed that the two persons who died were male and female.

Lyngwa said that investigation is on to find out the cause of the fire.

Sources said that the church was totally secured.

Some repairing works including wiring were going on inside the church.

The area where the church stood is surrounded by many houses.

“We cannot say anything now as the investigation is on. We are collecting all the details,” Lyngwa said.