The massive fire that broke out last week at the Mantralaya — the Maharashtra Secretariat in Mumbai — has rung warning bells in Karnataka as well. The Fire and Emergency Services Department has, according to a press release, decided to assess the adequacy of fire prevention and fire fighting measures in all important government buildings.

On Tuesday, a team led by Om Prakash, Director-General of Police and Director-General, Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services, and consisting of officers from the Public Works Department (PWD) and the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) inspected the M.S. Building complex on Ambedkar Road.

22 cases

The team found there had been 22 accidental fires in the complex after a separate fire protection squad was set up in 1991.