GANGTOK: A major fire broke out at the Lhendup Dorjee Kazi Memorial Foundation, a wooden cottage devoted to the first Chief Minister of Sikkim. The cottage, which was in tattered condition and abandoned for decades, has been a disputed property for many years.

Placed right beside the upcoming West Point Mall, the fire may have been caused by accident, according to the Sikkim Police. The cottage premises serves as a busy drop point for taxis termed as Hungry Jack taxi stop, named after the adjacent hotel, ferrying commuters to MG Marg.

Sikkim Police received the emergency call around 2:05 pm, following which the fire brigade rushed to the spot to douse the fire. It was brought under control within an hour.

No casualties were reported as the cottage was mostly abandoned. However, “had the fire not been brought under control, there was a serious threat to adjacent properties,” said Sikkim Police DIG Range BK Tamang.

With the memorial mostly burned and its history of being a disputed property, questions arise as to what caused the fire in the first place.

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