Fire at Darjeeling’s Shangrila Hotel


SMRITA KHAWAS

Darjeeling, 04 Mar: A massive fire broke out today in Darjeeling’s Shangrila hotel near Chowrasta. No casualties have been reported in the fire which was brought under control after 2-3 hours of firefighting.

Around 10 firefighters along with civilians and 3 fire engines helped bring the fire under control. According to the hotel staff, Jeet Bahadur Gajmer, the fire could have been caused by a leak in the LPG connection. He said he was cleaning the stove in the kitchen which could have caused the leak. Fortunately, there were no guests in the hotel’s room or restaurant, he added. According to the shopkeeper near Shangrila hotel, the fire broke out at 11:50 am when he was cleaning his shop.

He then immediately informed the staff of the hotel, Chowrasta Police Outpost and the fire station.

He said that the fire brigade took almost 20 minutes to reach the spot, and with help of the locals,

managed to control the fire after 2-3 hours. Luckily it was Thursday and many shops were closed, he added. Fire department Sub Officer, BL Sherpa said that no one was injured and with the help of locals

along with the municipality of Darjeeling everything was under control within 2 hours. Around 50% of the

hotel has been damaged since it was a wooden structure.