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Fire in Delhi high-rise, one injured

Posted on Nov 19, 05:14PM | IANS

One person suffered serious burns in a fire which broke out in the 15-storey Himalaya House building, which houses corporate offices, on the busy Kasturba Gandhi Marg in central Delhi Monday.

A fire officer said that the blaze was doused only five hours after it broke out at 6.20 a.m. Monday.

"A person was found on the seventh floor of the building, we have rushed him to a nearby hospital. The fire started at 6.20 a.m. and is now completely doused," a fire officer said.

Fire service officials said the injured person was identified as Jai Bhagwan, 60, who worked as a security guard. He was rushed to the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital.

The fire broke out on the third floor of the building and spread to floors above, reaching the seventh floor.

Around 32 fire tenders were pressed into service.

"The cause for the fire is yet to be known. There seem to be lapses in the fire safety measures in the building," Chief Fire Officer A.K. Sharma said, adding that the fire-fighting operations were complicated by the renovation work going on in the building.

"Around five floors were gutted. Valuables worth crores of rupees might have gone up in flames," a fire official said.

Kasturba Gandhi Marg, next to the capital's shopping centre Connaught Place, is part of an office hub in the heart of the capital with several high-rise buildings.

The American Center, the British Council and the offices of the Hindustan Times are among the buildings lining the road.

The road has been barricaded, and people from nearby buildings have been evacuated as a safety measure.