The flames from a forest fire in Himachal Pradesh reached a boarding school in Kasauli late in the afternoon today leading to a frantic evacuation of young school students.
Students of the Pinegrove School escaping the fire. Thick smoke from the blaze had made it difficult for the students to breathe.
Students at Pinegrove School in Dharmapur were seen escaping the school as the flames from the trees threatened the building.
A timely action by the fire brigade brought the blaze under control but smoke from the flames engulfed the small picturesque town 72 kms from Shimla. While hundreds of hectares of forest have been destroyed by forest fire in Uttarakhand, around 3,000 hectares of the forests in Himachal have been destroyed due to the fires.
Smoke engulfs the school as the trees in the surrounding hills catch fire.
Such has been the blaze that some parts of the Kalka-Shimla railway line too were affected.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh downplayed the situation.
But some reports stated that there could be human action behind the fires. Tracts of land near the forests are often set of fire to assist in softer grass growth after rains. That fire often touches nearby forests and bellows into an inferno of mammoth proportions.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha that the situation in Uttarakhand is under control. But even at the time of writing this, fires were still on in many parts of the state.