Jammu and Kashmir: Counting room and many things burnt to ashes in Vaishno Devi fire


News Desk, Amar Ujala, Jammu

Published by: charisma chib
Updated Tue, 08 Jun 2021 11:12 PM IST


Two police personnel, including the station in-charge engaged in relief and rescue work, suffered minor burns. Rupee counting machine, seven ACs and furniture were burnt. The incident caused panic at a distance of 100 meters from the natural cave.

Fire broke out near Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan
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Two police personnel suffered minor burns due to a short circuit in the counting room located at Kalika Complex near Maa Vaishno Devi Bhawan. Counting room furniture, seven ACs and money counting machine were destroyed. However, there was no cash in the machine. CRPF personnel including fire brigade and police personnel present on the spot brought the fire under control after half an hour of hard work.

This incident is just a hundred meters away from the natural cave at four o’clock in the evening. According to the information, at four o’clock in the afternoon, flames were seen rising in the counting room located just a hundred meters away from the natural cave. Immediately the fire department of the Shrine Board, police and CRPF personnel started extinguishing the fire. The fire was brought under control after half an hour of hard work.

During the relief work, station in-charge Suman Singh Manhas and police personnel Ajit Singh suffered minor burns. They have been given first aid. Due to the Corona epidemic, the number of passengers in the building is very less these days, due to which a major accident has been averted. According to the police station in-charge, the cause of the fire is believed to be short circuit in the preliminary investigation.

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no effect on travel

The fire in the counting room was brought under control in time. There was no cash in the counting room, due to which the amount of the offering has not been damaged. The incident did not affect the journey. All arrangements are continuing for the passengers as before. – Ramesh Kumar, CEO Shrine Board

Two weeks ago there was a fire in the dumping yard

Two weeks ago, a fire broke out in the dumping yard of Shrine Board at Katra, the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi. There was a lot of damage in this incident. At the same time, a decade ago, there was a huge fire in the forest, a kilometer away from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan, due to which a block of the building was evacuated as a precaution. However, the fire was controlled in time.



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