Six people staying in a four-storey hotel were killed in a massive fire that started in an electric vehicle bike showroom late on Monday night in Secunderabad under Market police station area.
Hyderabad city police commissioner CV Anand, who was camping at the accident site along with senior police officials, said that till the final reports came, six people, including a woman, had died and the injured were shifted to Gandhi Hospital and other nearby private hospitals. was taken to hospitals. Most of the victims died of suffocation as a thick plume of smoke inadvertently caught the guests at Hotel Ruby. Panicked prisoners tried to escape but were trapped in the rooms.
After inspecting all the floors, Mr Anand said the death toll stood at six. While five bodies were sent to Gandhi Hospital. A woman, who was taken to Yashoda Hospital, Secunderabad along with five others, was declared brought dead. The others have been admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital, according to a senior employee of Yashoda Hospital. It is being told that most of the victims were on business trips to the city. Police are trying to get the details of the victims and their address.
Mr Anand told reporters that initial reports suggest that the fire broke out in the basement of the EV bike showroom and spread to the upper floors.
Eyewitnesses said that some locals saw smoke billowing out of the showroom and informed the police and fire brigade personnel. Market police station sub-inspector Anjaneyulu and his staff along with some youths reached the upper floors of the building from the adjacent Hotel Yatri Inn and found some guests unconscious in the corridor.
As thick smoke engulfed the other floors, youths managed to rescue some, by the time firefighters also arrived. Two fire tenders launched rescue operations from nearby fire stations.
It is said that there were 25 guests in the lodge and fire brigade personnel managed to rescue nine people and shifted them to Gandhi Hospital. Some of the guests broke the window panes and jumped down. Many of them were seriously injured.
Home Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali and Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav reached the spot.