Friday, Mar 05, 2021 07:45 [IST]
Last Update: Friday, Mar 05, 2021 02:10 [IST]
DARJEELING,: A fire gutted Darjeeling’s famous Hotel Shangri-La on Thursday. No casualties were reported.
The two-storey heritage building located at Nehru Road, near Chowrasta came to become Hotel Shangri-La in 1970 and is privately owned by Ranjan Lama.
A kitchen staff of the hotel, Jeet Bahadur Gazmer, said, "I was cleaning the stove and the gas pipe shook and fire started from there and started to spread due to the oil that was stuck in the pipe."
According to him, four hotel rooms were empty with tourists vacating it only yesterday. He added that only staffs were present in the hotel’s restaurant and bar with the restaurant empty as services start after 12:30 in the noon. However, a dog had been trapped after the fire started in the roof but was shortly rescued by the fire fighters.
Eyewitness maintained that fire started at around 11:50 AM with fire fighters reaching there shortly to douse it. Three fire tenders battled the fire and brought under control around 2:30 pm.
"About 50 per cent of the hotel has been damaged with most of it being the interiors. The outside structure has not been damaged much," said a fire personnel adding that the main cause of the fire could be ascertained after investigations.
Old timers maintain that the building, which housed two separate hotels at different times, belongs to the British era. The exterior of the building has retained the aura of the British Raj with the interiors, however, completely refurbished. The four large attic suite rooms in the first floor had wooden floors.