The 110-year-old Gorton Castle that housed the office of accountant general was gutted in fire which broke out at 4 am in the morning.
The fire was reported in the top floor of the Gorton Castle, housing the office of audit and accountant general, a fire department official said.
Deputy Commissioner Dinesh Malhotra said fire tenders of civil and the Indian Army have been pressed into service. He said the fire was on the top floor of the wooden building.
Gorton Castle, a heritage building, was gutted in fire in the wee hours of Tuesday.
Sources said that most of records in the top floor were burnt.
So far, eight fire-tenders have been pressed in service.
Built with stone and timber, Gorton Castle represents the typical European architecture. It was constructed under the supervision of maj HFChesney and completed in May 1904 at a cost of Rs 14.02 lakh that also served as imperial British government secretariat. The old gothic structure located adjacent to Vidhan Sabha was converted into accountant general office in 1947.
In 2004, it was renovated at an expenditure of Rs 1 crore.
A special postal cover on Gorton Castle was released by the Department of Posts to mark its centenary in May 2004.
The aesthetically designed timber-framed building of the Gorton Castle marvels constructed in gothic style were testimony to colonial hangover, dotting the wooded slopes of Shimla stood out as finest specimens of colonial architecture.
(WITH INPUTS FROM IANS)