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Updated: June 24, 2012 18:36 IST

Fire in North Block, no injuries

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Firefighters try to douse a fire at the Home Ministry in North Block in New Delhi on Sunday.
PTI Firefighters try to douse a fire at the Home Ministry in North Block in New Delhi on Sunday.

A minor fire broke out in North Block near Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s office on Sunday afternoon, but there was no casualty or major damage in the incident.

The blaze broke out at an outer window of a ventilator of a stair case and the fire brigade was informed by Police Control Room at around 2.20 p.m. following which eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

“Fire Control informed that they got a call at 2.20 p.m and the first fire engine arrived 2.27 p.m. Before 2:35 p.m., the fire was extinguished.

“Fire was on an outer window of a ventilator of a stair case. The cause of fire is being investigated,” Home Ministry spokesperson Kuldeep Dhatwalia said.

Sources said the blaze broke out at a place which is adjacent to the offices of Mr. Chidambaram, Minister of State for Home Mullapally Ramachandran and Minister of State for Personnel V. Narayanaswamy.

Mr. Chidambaram, the other Ministers and officials including Home Secretary R.K. Singh were not present in Home Ministry when the blaze occurred.

After hearing about the incident, Mr. Chidambaram, Mr. Singh and Delhi Police Commissioner B.K. Gupta along with senior officials visited the spot.

The fire was described as “minor” by Delhi Fire Service Director A.K. Sharma. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained, but fire brigade officials suspect it to be a case of short circuit in an air-conditioner.

Dushyant Singh, Chief Security Officer in Home Ministry, said there was no damage to the offices of the Home Minister or any other Ministers.

Sharma said the Police Control Room conveyed to the fire service that smoke was billowing out of a window in North Block following which the fire tenders were rushed. “The fire was a minor one. We have doused it,” he said.

The fire was restricted to only one room, he said, but refused to speculate on the cause of the blaze.

“There were not many people inside the building. The cause could be due to some electrical (malfunction). I would not like to confirm it before ascertaining it,” he said.

Soon after the blaze was detected, police had cordoned off the area.

This UPA Govt should have been thrown out already.It is obvious that there is an intention to destroy all scam files before the next election.More they stay more it is not good for the people.

from:  Raghu V
Posted on: Jun 25, 2012 at 01:15 IST

This fire incidence of North Block,just after two days of Mantralaya fire disaster in Mumbai, where we have lost five precious human lives and important documents, I dare to say "non-accountability by the people,of the people,for the people" has become the order of the day.We have time to waste in parliament/assembly sessions arguing/fighting in silly matters,we have time to remove /install CMs,we have time to make money through hawala means,we have time to do everything that is socially/politically/morally incorrect,but we don't have a minute's time to introspect what our respected forefathers wanted us to do.They just wanted us to be a little honest and a little dutyful.Everybody will agree, there is absolutely no sense of duty and accountability almost in every walk of life,There are good people,but nothing works in India.

from:  Simanchal Padhy
Posted on: Jun 24, 2012 at 21:18 IST

A plot has been hatched by the congress party to deliberately burn sensitive documents in various states ruled by it and ultimately the centre to destroy evidences which indicts it for crimes committed by its leaders. Now let us see which building catches fire.

from:  Apramit Mishra
Posted on: Jun 24, 2012 at 20:06 IST

They must be burning their own History so that the future generation should not work hard to remember the culprits.

from:  Subhash
Posted on: Jun 24, 2012 at 19:57 IST

North block today, and CMs office with hundreds of computers last week, surely something smells fishy here. Cannot trust this government when they say its normal, Fire is the ultimate destroyer of everything, if you all know what I mean.

from:  Bijoy Roy
Posted on: Jun 24, 2012 at 19:00 IST

People are hurt the way the secretariats are burning. there seems to be no accountability on safety standards. Luckily it was Sunday, therefore no one was hurt. I think, before the next government comes, there won't be any files to look into for any reference.

from:  chandru mani iyer
Posted on: Jun 24, 2012 at 18:34 IST
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