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Major fire erupts at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine complex, no casualty reported

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A major fire broke out on Tuesday inside a cash counting room in Kalika Bhavan at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine complex in Jammu and Kashmir’s Katra. The fire broke out at around 4.15 pm and was brought under control by 5 pm.

While the exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, a short circuit is being speculated as the reason behind the fire that broke out nearby the sanctum sanctorum. Fortunately, no loss of life has been reported in the incident.

Reasi district’s senior superintendent of police Shailender Singh said that the call regarding the fire was received at around 4.30 pm and the station house officer of Reasi rescued people who were trapped in the building. Singh added that some people sustained minor injuries and have been provided with the required medical attention.

The SSP said that initial reports indicate that the fire broke out due to an electric short circuit and probe is going on to ascertain the exact cause of fire.

CEO Shrine Board Ramesh Kumar said the Yatra is going on normally and has not been halted as fire has been doused. Lakhs of pilgrims undertake the 14-km trek that involves a criss-cross path across the mountain-face.

Union minister takes stock of situation

Union minister of state Jitendra Singh said he had spoken to the Reasi district collector and been told the situation was under control.

“Spoke to DC Reasi, S Charandeep Singh, just now and inquired about the fire that broke out near the Vaishno Devi shrine some time back. Thankfully, everything brought under control. No major loss reported. However, keeping a close track for the next few hours,” he tweeted.

 

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