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Major fire at Vaishno Devi temple complex in Jammu: Building destroyed
A building adjacent to the Vaishno Devi shrine in the temple complex in Jammu was destroyed in a major fire on Tuesday evening. There was no loss of life as the entry to the shrine was restricted due to covid protocols. The police rescued the staff who were trapped inside the cash counting building which caught fire and was destroyed completely. Some of them suffered minor injuries, police said. (See also: Vaishno Devi temple)

JAMMU, June 8: A major fire broke out in the Vaishno Devi temple complex in Jammu on Tuesday evening. Two persons were reported injured.

The cash counting building of the temple complex from where the fire started was completely destroyed. Thick smoke was seen billowing out of the buildings and filling the skies. Short circuit in the cash counting section may have caused the fire, officials said.

Prompt alert from the security staff saved the rest of the buildings as firefighters and the police brought the flames under control. The adjoining buildings and the Vaishno Devi shrine itself were saved from any damage. Employees of the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board also joined the fire dousing operations.

The pilgrimage to the shrine, however, continued uninterrupted. The fire was at the building adjacent to the Bhawan (Vaishno Devi shrine). The fire started at 4 pm and it was brought under control soon.

Some cash and documents were also destroyed, officials said

"We got a call around 4.30 pm. Initial reports suggest the fire broke out due to electric (short)circuit," Shailender Singh, the Senior Superintendent of Police for Reasi district, told NDTV.

"SHO (Station House Officer) Reasi rescued people who were trapped inside the fire. Some suffered minor injuries and are getting medical attention," he added.

Board CEO Ramesh Kumar said, “There was no loss of life as there is restricted entry to the shrine due to Covid protocols. We are ascertaining loss in terms of currency, but it might not be much as not many pilgrims are being allowed into the shrine per day," reported TOI.

Pilgrimage to the Vaishno Devi temple had resumed on August 16 after the covid lockdown last year.

"Spoke to DC #Reasi, S. Charandeep Singh just now and inquired about the fire that broke out near the #VaishnoDevi shrine some time back. Thankfully, everything brought under control. No major loss reported. However, keeping a close track for the next few hours," Union Minister Jitendra Singh, who is also the Lok Sabha MP from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir, tweeted.

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