Fire engulfs old building near Himachal CM's official residence in Shimla

There was no loss of life as the owner of the building, Sandeep Sahni and the caretaker, both were in Delhi, officials said

Updated - February 12, 2023 02:48 pm IST

Published - February 12, 2023 01:57 pm IST - Shimla

Charred remains of an old vacant building are seen after it caught fire, located about 150 meters from Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu’s residence ‘Oakover’, in Shimla on Sunday.

Charred remains of an old vacant building are seen after it caught fire, located about 150 meters from Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu’s residence ‘Oakover’, in Shimla on Sunday. | Photo Credit: ANI

A fire broke out in a three-storeyed old heritage building situated about 200 metres from the Chief Minister’s official residence in Shimla in the early hours on February 12.

The fire broke out at around 4:30 a.m. after which fire tenders were rushed from Mall Road, Chhota Shimla, and Boileauganj fire stations. The fire was under control but not fully extinguished and was still smouldering, officials said.

There was no loss of life as the owner of the building, Sandeep Sahni and the caretaker, both were in Delhi, they said.

The building called “Firgrove” is about 200 metres away from “Oakover” (CM’s official residence) in Shimla.

The fire spread very fast and engulfed the entire building in few minutes. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained and loss to the property is being estimated, officials said.

Hidden among the pine trees, Firgrove had played a minor role in India’s freedom movement as Mahatma Gandhi stayed at this house on one of his visits to the city. At the time the house belonged to Lala Mohanlal.

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