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Minor fire breaks out at Taj

india Updated: Jun 28, 2009 00:56 IST
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A minor fire broke out in the heritage building of the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel on Saturday.



Fire tenders were rushed to the hotel and guests evacuated from its tower wing, when smoke billowed from the building after a short circuit.

The fire brigade officials said the fire broke out at 9.30 am.

“Eight fire tenders and eight water tankers were sent to douse the fire,” said Chief Fire Officer PD Karguppikar.

“The fire was brought under control within a couple of hours and cooling operations were started by afternoon. No casualties were reported,” he added.

Ajay Mishra, the hotel’s senior vice-president (sales and marketing), said the blaze started in the staff locker room area in the basement.

As a precautionary measure, some of the guests in the tower building have been shifted to sister hotels of the Taj group, Mishra said.

He added that the two major events to be held in the hotel on Sunday, including the launch of Jaguar Land Rover cars in India, will proceed as per schedule.

The heritage hotel was one of the main targets during the terror attack last November.

Large areas of the hotel are still closed for repair.