At least two people were killed and seven others injured in a massive fire that broke out Monday morning at a hotel in the Hazratganj area of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. As many as 15 fire trucks and 13 ambulances were rushed to the scene and a firefighting operation is underway.
Many guests and employees were trapped at Hotel Levana in Lucknow when the fire broke out. Efforts are underway to evacuate the people trapped in the hotel rooms.
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Emergency teams broke windows of the hotel with iron bars to rescue people who were trapped.
The fire broke out on the third floor of the hotel. Some 35 to 40 people were inside when a heavy cloud of smoke billowed from the hotel early Monday morning.
According to Lucknow District Magistrate, Suryapal Gangwar, the fire is suspected to have been caused by a short circuit, but the real reason behind the fire is yet to be determined.
The injured were taken to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civil Hospital in Lucknow, where two people were pronounced dead, while seven others are being treated for their injuries.
“So far, seven people have been admitted. Two people, a man and a woman, were taken to hospital dead,” said Dr. RP Singh, Chief Medical Superintendent of the Civil Hospital.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his sadness at the incident and ordered the government to carry out rescue operations. He ordered that all provisions for the wounded be provided and prayed for their speedy recovery.
“The fire at a hotel in the capital Lucknow is very sad. The officers involved have been ordered to immediately arrive on the scene and quickly carry out relief and rescue operations and provide all possible assistance to those affected. Praying to Lord Ram for a speedy recovery of the injured,” the Chief Minister said in a Tweet.
The Prime Minister has ordered the Commissioner of the Lucknow Division and the Commissioner of the City Police to jointly investigate the causes of the fire incident at the hotel. He also met the wounded who had been admitted to the civilian hospital.
The Lucknow MP and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed grief over the incident. He tweeted that his office was in constant contact with administrative officials and received regular updates on rescue and relief work.
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