Mumbai: A part of the Mahalakshmi racecourse building in Mumbai went up in flames on Thursday evening. There was no casualty.
“The entire members’ stand on the top floor of the two-storey building on a side of the racecourse ground is gutted. Fortunately, nobody was injured because the stand was locked,” an official of the Royal Western India Turf Club that owns and runs the racecourse, told The Hindu.
He said the fire could have been caused by an electric short circuit.
The fire started around 8 p.m. Twelve fire engines and five water tankers were rushed to the spot in response to the call, graded number two.
Scores of firemen battled the huge blaze for hours.
The Turf Club is virtually empty these days as its 1,200 horses and the staff have shifted to Pune, where the new racing season is to begin shortly.