A fire broke out at the Natural History Museum near Delhi’s Mandi House in the early morning hours on Tuesday.
As many as 25 fire tenders were used to douse the flames, which was brought under control after a couple of hours.
The fire broke out around 1.45 AM on the top floor of the museum, located in FICCI Building in Mandi House, where some repair work was underway. Some parts of the Ficci auditorium were also damaged in the inferno.
The fire quickly spread to all other floors of the building.
Yes unfortunate fire incident in Museum building in Ficci premises. Ficci office and auditorium are okay. None hurt. https://t.co/GSPmnPuYrw— Dr A Didar Singh (@SecyGEN_ficci) April 26, 2016
Fire at Museum building Ficci premises fully controlled by immediate response of Delhi Fire Service. Thanks to all.— Dr A Didar Singh (@SecyGEN_ficci) April 26, 2016
The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
There were not too many people on the building, which was evacuated by the time fire officials reached there.
Senior police officials of the district and the fire department chief were at the spot to supervise the fire fighting operations.
According to fire department officials, the safety mechanisms of the building were not working.
“Building’s fire safety mechanisms were not working,still we controlled it within two hours, said Rajesh Panwar,Fire Officer.
Building's fire safety mechanisms were not working,still we controlled it within 2 hours-Rajesh Panwar,Fire Officer pic.twitter.com/yK6jpXaulO— ANI (@ANI_news) April 26, 2016
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar visited the site on Tuesday morning and said, “This is tragic, the museum is a national treasure. The loss cannot be quantified.”