SRINAGAR: A fire, believed to be caused by short-circuits damaged the historical Khankah-e-Moula shrine in Srinagar last night, reports said on Wednesday.
The locals spotted the fire emanating from spire of the wooden shrine around 12:30 p.m. They said that the fire coincided with major lightening that occurred in the night.
Witnesses said that locals rushed to battle the flames and it took more than an hour by the fire tenders to douse the fire. The fire damaged the spire of the double-storey mosque, which is located on the banks of Jhelum river near Zaina Kadal.
The shrine was built in 1395 by Shah Sikandar as a mark of respect to commemorate saint Mir Sayed Ali Hamdani’s visit to Kashmir. Hamdani is believed to have led mass conversions in the Valley.