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Fire at Akbar Bhawan brought under control

The blaze broke out in the fifth floor of Akbar Bhawan at 10:15 am. Twenty fire tenders have rushed to the spot.

delhi Updated: Jan 06, 2006 12:28 IST

A fire broke out Friday in south Delhi's Akbar Bhavan, which houses several Government offices including some of the ministry of external affairs.

The fire, described as a moderate one, started in the first floor of the building, close to a cinema hall in Chanakyapuri, at about 10.10 am and was brought under control after 40 minutes.

The fire was confined to one room and there was not much damage to property, said RC Sharma, chief fire officer of Delhi.

"The fire was of moderate range, but looking at the locality and the high rise building, we sent around 24 fire engines. Within 40 minutes, the fire was brought under control," Sharma said.

Though the exact reason behind the accident is yet to be ascertained, short circuit seemed to be the cause, he said.

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 11:08 IST