Fire at Parliament Annexe: 13 fire tenders douse flames in 25 minutes

Fire officials believe the mishap was caused by a short-circuit; investigation on to ascertain the exact cause

New Delhi: A fire broke out yesterday at the store section on the second floor of the Parliament Annexe building following which 13 fire tenders were rushed to the spot which managed to douse the flames in about 25 minutes. According to fire officials, prima facie it appeared to be caused by short-circuit.

A security attendant asks people to vacate the building as smoke billows from the store section behind him. Pics/PTI
A security attendant asks people to vacate the building as smoke billows from the store section behind him. Pics/PTI

A meeting of the national executive of JD (U) was underway on another floor in the building when the fire broke out. The meeting, however, continued uninterrupted.

Fire tenders stationed outside the Parliament Annexe
Fire tenders stationed outside the Parliament Annexe

“We received a call on the Parliament hotline at Delhi Fire Services office around 1:30 PM. When the officer online reported the matter to us, 13 fire tenders were rushed to the spot,” a fire department official said, adding, one fire tender is always stationed in the Parliament Complex.

“The fire broke out in room number 219 on second floor which is used as a store section and has some file cabinets and furniture. It appears to be caused by a short circuit. However, the exact cause behind the fire is being investigated. The assessment of damage is also underway,” the officer said.

Sanjay Tomar, who was leading the fire team at the spot said, “The fire was noticed around 1.30 PM. It was doused by 1:55 pm. The fire was confined to room no 219 and the flames were doused before they could travel further”.

“As soon as we got to know about the fire, one police team was rushed to the spot and another team was deployed on road to ensure the fire tenders reach the spot without any hassle. There was no casualty and the matter is being investigated,” DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal said.

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