In the grave development emerging from the Secunderabad fire incident, at least 8 people have been reported dead. An e-bike showroom caught fire which reportedly spread to the lodge above the showroom. Several people were seen jumping from the top of the building as the fire intensified below and beside them. Following the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs for families of victims.
According to reports, earlier on Monday evening, a fire erupted in a e-bike showroom that spread and charred a lodge where 30 guests were staying. The incident occurred in Secunderabad’s Monda Market. The fire first started from the basement of the Roby Motors showroom, located in the building where the lodge is also located.
As the fire first consumed the showroom and then engulfed the lodge, at least 25 persons got trapped. The situation went bad to worse and worse to tragic in no time as the entrance of the building also got blocked by the heavy fumes of smoke and fire. The people who died are reported to have died due to suffocation. Meanwhile, those who got injured were hurt after they jumped off the building to escape.
An investigation has been initiated in the incident. Meanwhile, the injured are currently being shifted to the Yashoda Hospital & Gandhi Hospital.
The Facts of the Matter
At least 8 people have died after a fire erupted at an e-bike showroom in Secunderabad. The fire charred the showroom and further spread to a lodge which was located in the same building. The victims in the incident are reported to be guests of the lodge, which is reportedly closer to the railway station. It is being reported that all the electronic vehicles were charred in the mishap.
Cause of Fire Under Investigation
On Monday night, Home Minister Md Mahmood Ali and MLA Talasani Srinivas Yadav also visited the site to take stock of the matter. For now, an investigation has been initiated to find out the cause of the incident. MLA Yadav mentioned that the fire could’ve erupted due to short-circuit, causing the fire to spread swiftly into the lodge above the showroom.
Eight killed in #Secunderabad lodge after #MassiveFire at Ruby #ElectricScooter showroom in ground floor spread & engulfed guests; over 20 people were residing; some suffocated because of smoke, others jumped from building to save themselves & suffered injuries @ndtv @ndtvindia pic.twitter.com/CoYYnPI4fR
— Uma Sudhir (@umasudhir) September 13, 2022
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP North Zone) Deepti Chandana told media that when the police reached at the spot, the showroom and the lodge above were already engulfed in thick fumes of grey smoke. Six people were rescued by the emergency responders. They were already unconscious due to the smoke and had collapsed on a staircase.
Most Deceased were Guests
According to reports, of the 25 people trapped in the burning building, at least 15 somehow escaped. Two among them were also seen jumping out of the window of the lodge. Six others were rescued by the first responders. Meanwhile, the deceased are mostly guests who hailed from New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and other states.
FIR Filed Against Building Owners
It should be noted that a case has been filed against the building’s owner as the building is allegedly not completely compliant of fire and safety related regulations. Reportedly, the lodge had a total of 25 guests on the four floors and had only one exit. There were several guests that were trapped inside due to that.
PM Modi Announces Relief
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sadness and announced ex-gratia in the wake of the Secunderabad fire tragedy. “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 lakhs from PMNRF would be paid to the next of kin of each deceased. Rs. 50,000 would be paid to the injured”, the office of PM tweeted.
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
Industries and IT minister KT Rama Rao also expressed his condolences and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakhs to the families of the deceased on the state government’s behalf.