8 people dead, several jumped off to save themselves after fire at Telangana e-bike showroom
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8 people dead, several jumped off to save themselves after fire at Telangana e-bike showroom

Fire at Telangana e-bike showroom: At least eight people, including a woman, were killed after a major fire broke out at an electric showroom at Secunderabad on Monday night, police said.

The fire broke out at 10 pm and spread to a lodge and a restaurant in above four floors of a building located near the passport office.

The hotel staff and guests noticed the fire and smoke emanating and alerted the fire department. Fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the flames.

According to police, a preliminary investigation revealed that the electric scooters were being charged on the ground floor, which may have led to a short circuit or fire. Around 24 people were trapped inside, out of which six died and others were rescued and most of the victims belonged to other states.

“Six dead after a fire broke out at a hotel in Secunderabad. Fire broke out in an electric scooter recharging unit on the ground floor, smoke from which overpowered the people staying on 1st and 2nd floors. Remaining people jumped from the building and were rescued by locals. They were rushed to the hospital, fire tenders on the spot,” Hyderabad Commissioner CV Anand told ANI.

Heavy smoke engulfed the lodge on the upper floor of the building after the fire broke out in the showroom on the ground floor.

It is a very unfortunate incident. Fire brigade teams tried their best to rescue people from the lodge but due to heavy smoke, some people died. Some people were rescued from the lodge. We are probing how the incident happened,” Telangana Home Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali told ANI.

Additional DCP, North Zone Hyderabad had said, “The fire occurred due to a short circuit. There is a lodge above the showroom in which people were trapped. Currently, five people have died in the incident. A rescue operation is underway.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths in the fire mishap and announced financial aid of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of each deceased.

State Animal Husbandry Minister, T. Srinivas Yadav rushed to the spot and was monitoring the rescue and relief operation.

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