The Hush Post| 10:41 am|one-minute-read|
The famous Grand hotel of Shimla, one of the iconic buildings from the days of The Raj was gutted in a huge fire. The fire brought down the massive structure in the wee hours of Monday.
Mayo Block of the historic Grand Hotel, housing Holiday Home of the Central government, was gutted in a fire that broke out past midnight here today.
Huge flames were visible from various parts of the town, as the hotel is perched on a crest, about 500 metres away from The Church.
Mayo Block was a VVIP wing of Holiday Home, and was recently renovated and lavishly furnished. It is usually fully occupied on week-ends, but fortunately as the building was under renovation, there was no guest.
The fire broke out around 12.50 am and a police patrol informed the fire station.
This is the second time when the hotel turned into ashes. All the 20 rooms of the hotel were burnt.
The fire department and police reached on the spot and tried their best to save the building, but the hotel which mostly comprised of wood work could not be saved.
Shimla Deputy Commissioner Rajeshwar Goel, who reached the spot along with SP Omapati Jamwal and Municipal Commissioner Pankaj Rai, said firemen, police and the army tried their best to douse the fire.