Minor fire at PMO, no casualties reported

A fire broke out in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) at Raisina Hills in New Delhi early in the morning today. However, no casualties were reported as fire tenders reached the spot immediately and doused the fire in 20 minutes.

An NDTV report said the fire broke out in a room on the second floor of the PMO. Ten fire engines were pressed into service to douse the flames and the situation is now under control, the report added.

The fire started at around 3.30 am in room number 242 in the PMO's Secretariat building in the South Block, which also houses the key ministries of defence and external affairs, as well as the office of the national security advisor, cabinet secretary and the foreign secretary, according to The Indian Express.

Authorities are assessing the extent of damage caused by the fire, which could have affected documents and office equipment.

Over the years, there have been several such accidents in government buildings in the national capital. A similar fire incident occurred in South Block last year on the upper ground floor of the PMO, in a conference room.