Fire damages VVIP block of Shimla's British-era Grand Hotel in India
Three floors of the hotel were damaged after the blaze broke out in the reception area of the property, reports say
The centuries-old Grand Hotel in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla – a popular hill station in India – has faced severe damage after three floors of its Mayo Block were hit by a fire on the early morning of 13 May.
According to Construction Week’s sister title Hotelier Middle East, Mayo Block is the VVIP wing of the hotel, which was damaged after the fire started in the reception area.
Grand Hotel is Shimla's first hotel property, and in 1892, Chevalier Federico Peliti, Viceregal confectioner acquired the property for $2,850, according to a report by local daily Times of India.
After the 1960s, the historic hotel became a less sought-out destination due to shortage of water and poor maintenance services.
India’s Central Public Works Department took over the building in 2000 to restore the hotel.
In April 2019, France’s 850-year old gothic cathedral Notre-dame de Paris was hit by a massive fire, which lasted for nine hours and brought down its wooden spire, as well as part of its vaulted roof.