Shimla, Oct. 28 -- At least 16 houses were destroyed and three partially damaged when a fire broke out in the remote village of Malana in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh late on Tuesday.

Village pradhan Raju Ram said one person was injured while putting out the blaze, which started in an old wooden structure and spread fast to adjoining houses due to windy conditions.

Soon after the Kullu district administration was informed, a team of firefighters was rushed to the village that lacks road connectivity. "Villagers struggled to control the fire. It took us hours but we managed by early in the morning," said Roop Lal, a resident of Dharaberh in Malana panchayat.

"The fire has been brought under control," said State Disaster Manageme...