Fire breaks out in park at Taj Mahal gate

  • By TOI
  • | Wednesday | 16th May, 2018

AGRA: A fire broke out at a state-owned park, barely 50 metres from the west gate of the Taj Mahal , on Wednesday afternoon. He said that park was not being used by the public.The west gate of the complex is used as a thoroughfare for Taj visitors . However, by the time they arrived, workers and locals had begun dousing the flames and the fire was brought under control.Abhishek Shivhare, a shopkeeper at west gate of Taj Mahal, said he saw thick smoke billowing from the park. Fire brigade personnel were rushed to the spot. Though no injuries were reported, the smoke that billowed from the fire for almost half an hour could have caused some impact on the ecologically fragile marble of the Mughal-era monument , experts said.According to officials, the fire was caused by sheer negligence as dry wood collected from trees had been piled up in the park.

AGRA: A fire broke out at a state-owned park, barely 50 metres from the west gate of the Taj Mahal , on Wednesday afternoon.

Though no injuries were reported, the smoke that billowed from the fire for almost half an hour could have caused some impact on the ecologically fragile marble of the Mughal-era monument , experts said.According to officials, the fire was caused by sheer negligence as dry wood collected from trees had been piled up in the park.

The fire got ignited after someone threw a cigarette in the pile, which also had dry leaves in it.The blaze spread quickly, triggering panic among local shopkeepers and visitors.Talking to TOI, superintendent of government parks, Mukesh Kumar, described the fire as “minor” and claimed that it was controlled within 20 minutes.

He said that park was not being used by the public.The west gate of the complex is used as a thoroughfare for Taj visitors .

Fire brigade personnel were rushed to the spot.

However, by the time they arrived, workers and locals had begun dousing the flames and the fire was brought under control.Abhishek Shivhare, a shopkeeper at west gate of Taj Mahal, said he saw thick smoke billowing from the park.

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