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Massive fire at AC plant in Parliament complex under control

Massive fire at AC plant in Parliament complex under control
Delhi Fire Service Chief A K Sharma said prima facie it appeared to be a case of negligence as laid down safety norms were not followed in the maintenance work.

The Fire department got a call at fire at 2:21 PM and ten fire tenders were rushed to the spot immediately to bring the blaze under control. There were no injuries, fire officials said.

Thick black smoke was seen billowing above the red sandstone boundary wall of the 88-year-old Parliament complex as the flames raged just a few hundred metres away from the main building which suffered no damage.

Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha had gone on a month-long break on Friday.

"We had got a call at 2:21 PM following which 10 fire tenders, including two hydraulic platforms under the supervision of a deputy chief fire officer were rushed to the spot and it was brought under control by 2:40 PM. By 2:50 PM, it was completely doused. I can confirm that there is no fire and there is no injury to anybody," said A K Sharma (Director) Delhi Fire Service.

Police said that they will enquire into the cause and circumstances of the incident and responsibility will be fixed.

"We have initiated an enquiry into the matter. We will look into all aspects including the cause and circumstances of the fire and take action against those found responsible," Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) M K Meena told PTI.

Home Ministry has sought a report on the incident.

President Pranab Mukherjee also expressed serious concern over the fire and asked for an urgent enquiry into its cause.

This was the second case of fire inside the complex in the last couple of days as a minor fire was reported in the AC wiring at gate number 5 on Thursday.
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