Fire in building near Delhi’s Connaught Place

Updated on Jan 28, 2018 09:39 PM IST

KG Marg: Those who were present inside said that while none of them was injured, smoke filled the entire 12-storey -building causing breathing problems and they were forced to leave the premises. arg

Fire broke out on the 11th floor of Kailash Building at Connaught Place on Sunday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Fire broke out on the 11th floor of Kailash Building at Connaught Place on Sunday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi

Nearly 40 people, most of them journalists from a Hindi daily, were trapped when a fire broke out at Kailash Building on Kasturba Gandhi Marg in New Delhi on Sunday evening.

Those who were present inside said that while none of them was injured, smoke filled the entire 12-storey -building causing breathing problems and they were forced to leave the premises.

Additional director, Delhi Fire Services, Atul Garg said the fire broke out around 4.30 pm in the office of Australian Council for Educational research on the 11th floor.

“The Council’s office was closed but some 25 of us were working in the office which is on the same floor. We had difficulty in breathing because of the smoke and panicked. A guard Akhilesh Chauhan came to our rescue and guided us ensuring that everyone was evacuated safely,” said a journalist.

He said that the security guard climbed up to the 11th floor and with the help of a torchlight guided them through the staircase. Five fire tenders were rushed to the spot and doused the fire around 5.30 pm, said Garg.

The cause of the fire is being investigated, said a senior police officer.

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