Massive fire in National Museum of Natural History of Delhi, few injured. Big loss for India and future generations.Back

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Travel update 26.04.2016

New Delhi, India

The National Museum of Natural History, located in Mandi House, New Delhi, was destroyed in a major fire in the early morning of Tuesday.

Luckily there was almost no one inside at the time of the blaze but it is such a big loss for the country in terms of history and treasures. Two firefighters suffered burns during the dousing operation. They have been admitted to a hospital.

The fire began on one of the upper floors of the museum. "We received a call at 1.45 a.m. Initially we sent six fire tenders. Since the fire turned out to be massive, more than 40 fire tenders were required to fight the blaze," said Atul Garg, Additional Director, Delhi Fire Services.

By the time the blaze was controlled, only the ground and first floors of the building survived.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, who visited the spot, described the fire mishap as unfortunate and ordered a safety audit of all museums under his ministry. “This is unfortunate. Museum of Natural History is a national heritage. Thousands of exhibits were there and thousands of people visit the museum everyday,” he said, adding that officials were ascertaining the extent of the damage and ways to restore it.

This is such a loss for the country and the future generation.


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