It’s terrible news to wake up to. A huge fire captured the National Museum of Natural History, in the early hours this morning {Apr 26}. While, the cause is still unknown, fire officials were called at around 1.45 am and 25 fire tenders were immediately deployed to the spot. 15 more were sent post that.

While the amount of damage isn’t clear yet, pictures show a pretty grim affair with the entire building ablaze. There is also news of the neighbouring FICCI auditorium having suffered some damage.

Huffington Post reports here, “Though the fire was brought under control after two hours, smoke could be still seen billowing out of the top floors of the building.” Fire officer Rajesh Panwar told ANI that the, “Building’s fire safety mechanisms were not working, still we controlled it within two hours,”

The fire was finally extinguished at 8am.

One of our favourite spots in the city for natural history, flora and fauna, this is absolutely heartbreaking. No one was there inside the building, and no civilians were hurt, though six firemen are seriously injured; they were taken to RML Hospital and are now stable.

Read the full report by The Huffington Post here.

Featured image courtesy: ANI/Twitter