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Mass fire in the Vaishno Devi shrine complex; cash, property damage | India News


JAMMU: A massive fire broke out at the Vaishno Devi shrine complex, located in Trikuta Hills in the Reasi district of J&K, on ​​Tuesday in which a building was completely damaged and “some cash and records” were destroyed. Three employees of the sanctuary were trapped in the fire, which started at 4 p.m. and was brought under control at 4.25 p.m., but were rescued at the last minute.
A huge plume of smoke was seen billowing out of the building that houses the cash counting room, where the fire started. The sanctuary fire squad went into action immediately after CRPF personnel raised an alarm. The fire is believed to have been caused by an electrical short circuit.
The cash counting room is a stone’s throw from the world-famous shrine, which miraculously remained intact by the fire, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board officials said, adding that the temple will remain open for pilgrims.
The board’s executive director, Ramesh Kumar, said: “There was no loss of life as entry to the sanctuary is restricted due to Covid protocols. We are determining the loss in terms of currency, but it may not be much as many pilgrims are not allowed into the sanctuary per day. ”Kumar added that the exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
The pilgrimage to the sanctuary resumed on August 16 after being suspended following the Covid-induced shutdown in March 2020.

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