October 17, 2017 | By Parmjeet Singh
New Delhi: A fire reportedly broke out in the Indian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in the early hours of Tuesday (October 17).
A report in The Indian Express (IE) has reportedly with reference to news agency ANI, ten fire tenders were rushed to South Block, Raisina Hills to douse the fire, which was controlled within 20 minutes. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. There were no reports of any injuries.
As per reports the fire occurred at around 3.30 am in room number 242 located on the second floor of the PMO in the Secretariat building. Authorities are assessing the scope of damage caused due to the fire. More details were awaited at the time of writing this news.
South Block comprises the Indian Prime Minister’s Office as well as the key ministries of Defence and External Affairs, as well as the office of the National Security Advisor, Cabinet Secretary and Foreign Secretary.
A similar fire incident occurred in South Block last year on the upper ground floor of the PMO, in a conference room.
Though no casualty was reported, prima facie, it appeared that a short circuit in the compressor of an air-conditioning unit, installed inside the cafeteria on the fourth floor, caused the fire. The building, which houses the Enforcement Directorate headquarters, also has offices of the CBI and Income Tax.
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