New Delhi: The iconic National Museum of Natural History in FICCI building in Central Delhi was completely destroyed after a major fire broke out in the wee hours on Tuesady.
Six firemen have been injured in the fire, two are in a critical condition.
The fire broke out around 1.45 AM on the top floor of the museum, located in FICCI Building in Mandi House, where some repair work was underway.
It quickly spread to all other floors of the building.
A senior fire officer said that the building's fire safety mechanism was not working.
"This is why it took us so long to douse the fire. The colloing off process is still underway", he said.
As many as 35 fire tenders were pressed into service. It took firefighters more than four hours to douse the blaze after which a cooling operation was launched which lasted for another few hours, a fire official said.
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, a senior police official said.
There were not too many people in the building, which was evacuated by the time fire officials reached at the scene.
Top officials of the police range and Delhi Fire Services rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. The damage caused by the fire is being estimated.
Established in 1972, the National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi is one of two museums focusing on nature in India. It functions under the Ministry of Environment and Forests.