Massive Fire Engulfs National Museum of Natural History

The fire broke out around 1.45 AM on the top floor of the museum, located in FICCI Building in Mandi House.

Published: 26th April 2016 05:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th April 2016 11:00 AM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: A massive fire destroyed the National Museum of Natural History in FICCI building in central Delhi in the wee hours today, with many exhibits like herpetological specimens and taxidermied animals gutted.           

Six fire officials were rushed to hospital after they inhaled excessive smoke during the four-hour operation to control the blaze that broke out at 1:45 AM. Their condition is said to be stable now, officials said.  


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.    


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