“The fire started on the top floor of the building which houses the office of the Auditor General of India,” Dinesh Malhotra , deputy commissioner Shimla said .
There are reports that important records and files on this floor have been destroyed by the fire .
The multi-storied solid grey stone and deodar wood building was built in 1904 .
Since independence it has been the office of the auditor general of India .
Shimla which served as the summer capital of colonial British India has many impressive buildings of that period. Some of these have also been destroyed by fires over the years .