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Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019

Fire breaks out at Times of India building in New Delhi

The flames were reported in the first floor of the five-storey building in Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg.

delhi Updated: Feb 26, 2017 22:53 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
New Delhi
Firemen douse flames at the Times of India building in Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg.
Firemen douse flames at the Times of India building in Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg.(Burhan Kinu/ HT Photo)

A fire broke out at the Times of India building at central Delhi’s Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg on Sunday afternoon.

The fire control room said they received information about the fire at 4.45 pm, which reportedly started in the server room in the first floor. In May last year, a fire had broken out in the fourth floor of the building.

Till late evening, the Delhi Fire Service has sent 35 fire tenders and experienced fire fighters. The fire fighters used hydraulic ladders and gas cutters to control the fire.

Atul Garg, chief fire officer, said that till 9.30 pm, the fire men were trying to control the fire. “We are trying to locate its source. It seems to have originated in the first floor server room. A lot of smoke engulfed the first floor. There are no casualties.”

Garg said that at around 4.45 pm, as soon as an employee in the first floor spotted the fire, the alarm was sounded and the building was evacuated.

An official of Bennett, Coleman & Company, wishing not to be named, said, “Fire officials are at the spot trying to douse the fire. Fortunately, there are no casualties.”

Police said they would probe the case after the fire fighters completed their operation and declared the area safe.

“We have blocked traffic on the service road of Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg outside the Times of India building. Only fire officials and police are using the service road while the fire-fighting operation is in progress.”