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May 5th, 2011
Indian Research Institute Counts Cost of Blaze

Research data collected from across the country over years, maps plotting endangered tribes and other valuable documents are feared lost in Monday night’s blaze in the Fireproof Spirit Building in the Indian Museum complex. The fire nearly gutted most of the 2,300sq ft Scientific Enclave on the fourth floor of the building that houses various departments of the Anthropological Survey of India. A short circuit in an air-conditioner is suspected to have sparked the blaze around 9pm. Eleven fire engines took five hours to put out the flames. Around 8am on Tuesday, the administrative head of the anthropological survey, D.N. Pande, entered the damaged part of the building along with some scientists and guards. Read More