The CEO Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board claimed,
"The fire hydrants were pressed into service and the fire was brought under control by 4.25 pm. No person has been injured in the fire incident."
A massive fire broke out in a building situated inside the Mata Vaishno Devi temple complex in Katra in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district.
The fire broke out due to an electrical short circuit which broke out around 4.15 pm inside a cash counting room in Kalika Bhavan, which is adjacent to the sanctum and it burned for about 45 minutes before being brought under control at around 5 pm. Luckily, no deaths have been reported.
Visuals from earlier in the day were posted on Twitter and showed a huge plume of black smoke billowing out of the building as firefighters worked to douse the flames.
There has been no hindrance to the Yatra to the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is progressing smoothly.
The officials reported that the fire fighting squad of the shrine immediately swung into action after CRPF personnel raised an alarm.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh took to Twitter and informed that everything is under control;
"Spoke to DC Reasi, S. Charandeep Singh just now and inquired about the fire that broke out near the Vaishno Devi shrine some time back. Thankfully, everything was brought under control. No major loss reported. However, keeping a close track for the next few hours."