At least eight persons were killed in a major fire that broke out in a building in Secunderabad late Monday night, police said. The deceased, who were boarders of a lodge that operated from the building, died of asphyxiation.
Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav and Home minister Md Mahmood Ali visited the site at night. They said an inquiry has been initiated to find out the cause of the accident. “The fire was small but there was a lot of smoke. An inquiry will find out all details about the accident,” the home minister said.
Y Nageshwar Rao, SHO, market police station told indianexpress.com that police have registered an FIR against the building owner who also owns an electric bike showroom on the ground floor and the lodge above. “The lodge had 25 customers on four floors at the time of the fire accident and they had only one exit. They were trapped inside. We have registered an FIR against Rajender Singh Bagga and his two sons. The investigation is on,” said the SHO.
Initial inquiries found that the fire started from the cellar where several electric bikes were parked. An electrical short circuit is believed to be the cause of the fire, according to police.
A fire emergency call was received at 9.37 pm and two fire tenders were deployed. Fire department officials said that at least 25 people were trapped in the building and thick smoke was seen emanating from the cellar. According to officials, the water sprinklers in the building did not switch on — a factor that is now being investigated.
Of the 25 people who were trapped in the building, around 15 managed to escape, two of whom had jumped out of a window. Fire officials rescued 10 people who were trapped and recovered three bodies, Fire department DG SK Jain told the reporters.
Seven persons are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and their conditions are stable, officials said. Video footage of the incident shows a couple trying to exit from a window on one of the top floors amid thick billowing smoke.
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