A massive fire broke out at an electric scooter showroom in Telangana’s Secunderabad late last night. The fire spread to a hotel on the top floor of the multi-storey building. Eight people have died in this incident, while many others have been injured. Officials said the fire started in the electric scooter showroom on the ground floor of the building and soon spread to Hotel Ruby Pride, where at least 25 guests were staying. All eight people are believed to have died of suffocation in the smoke.
Reports According to the officials, the fire department saved many lives with the help of stairs installed in the crane. Local people also helped in the rescue operation. Some videos of the incident have also surfaced, in which people can be seen jumping out of hotel windows to escape from the fire.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner CV Anand said, there are about 23 rooms in the four floors of the hotel. The smoke spread through the stairs rising upwards. Some people who were sleeping on the first and second floors came towards the corridor due to thick smoke and died of suffocation. Those injured in the incident have been admitted to various hospitals in the city for treatment and the fire has been brought under control.
Hyderabad Deputy Commissioner Chandana Deepti said electric scooters were parked where the fire broke out. We don’t know whether the fire started and spread due to overcharging or if it originated elsewhere. Presently the matter is being investigated. Officials said the water sprinkler system in the building was not working when the fire broke out. This too is being investigated now.
Condoling the death of those killed in the incident, Telangana Home Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali said an inquiry has been ordered to find out the exact cause of the fire. He said that the fire brigade teams tried their best to evacuate the people, but some people died due to the smoke. We are probing how this incident happened. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the family members of those killed in the accident and Rs 50,000 each for the injured. The state government has also announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh each for the families of the victims.