Eight people were killed and several others injured after a fire broke out at an electric scooter showroom in Telangana’s Secunderabad late last night.
Officials said the fire broke out at Ruby electric scooter showroom on the ground floor of the building, and soon spread to a lodge on the first and second floor of the multi-storeyed building, killing eight people.
Most of them seemed to have died because of asphyxiation caused by the smoke, they added.
Around 25 people – the guests and the staff – were present at the lodge when the fire broke out. The Fire Department rescued the lodge residents using crane ladders, while a few locals also joined in and helped in the rescue operations, officials said.
The injured have been shifted to the hospital for treatment and several fire engines are at the spot trying to douse the flames, said Hyderabad Police Commissioner CV Anand.
Telangana Home Minister Mohammad Mehmood Ali said a probe has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the fire.
“Fire brigade teams tried their best to rescue people from the lodge but due to heavy smoke, some people died. We are probing how the incident happened,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the family members of the people who died in the mishap, and Rs 50,000 each for the injured.
Saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire in Secunderabad, Telangana. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be paid to the next of kin of each deceased. Rs. 50,000 would be paid to the injured: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 13, 2022