Aurangabad (Bihar): Twelve people including six children, were killed in a fire at a house in Aurangabad in Bihar, media reports said on Friday.
The incident took place in Hari Nagar tola when the fire from a nearby house engulfed Jagta Ram's residence trapping his family members, who had gathered for a social function, District Magistrate Kamal Tanuj said.
At least six other family members sustained burn injuries. They were rushed to a hospital.
Scores of fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the inferno, reports said.
The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of victims.
The cause of the blaze was being investigated.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over the tragedy and directed the district magistrate and the superintendent of police to camp at the village for expeditious rescue and relief work.
The DM said the victims were being identified for the purpose.
Magadh division commissioner Liam Kunga and the Magadh Range DIG Saurabh Kumar also visited the affected village and took stock of the situation.
(With agency inputs)