Fire breaks out at Vaishno Devi Shrine complex in Jammu; cash counter damaged

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A huge fire broke out at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu's Katra on Tuesday.

Fire breaks out at Vaishno Devi Shrine complex in Jammu; cash counter damaged
A huge fire broke out at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district on Tuesday.
Some cash and records were gutted in the fire, said officials, adding that no one was injured.
Officials said the fire started around 4.15 pm due to a short circuit and was completely controlled by 5 pm. Visuals from the scene showed thick smoke billowing out of the building as firefighters worked to douse the flames.
Fire fighting squad of the shrine immediately swung into action after CRPF personnel raised an alarm, the officials said.
An official of the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board said that there has been no hindrance to the yatra (pilgrimage) which is progressing smoothly.
Union minister Jitendra Singh, who is also the Lok Sabha MP from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir, said he spoke to the Reasi Deputy Commissioner over the incident. "Spoke to DC #Reasi, S. Charandeep Singh just now and inquired about the fire that broke out near the #VaishnoDevi shrine some time back. Thankfully, everything brought under control. No major loss reported. However, keeping a close track for the next few hours," he tweeted.

(With inputs from PTI)

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