8 charred to death, many injured as fire breaks out at electric scooter showroom in Secunderabad

Secondabad: Up to eight people have been killed and several others injured after a fire broke out at an e-bike showroom, which spread to an upstairs pavilion in Secunderabad. Reports said the fire started in an electric scooter charging unit on the ground floor, with smoke overwhelming people staying on the 1st and 2nd floors. The incident happened on Monday evening. According to the preliminary investigation, a short circuit is suspected to have caused the fire in the electric bicycle showroom, leading to the explosion of one vehicle after another. Hotel staff and guests who noticed the fire and smoke and alerted the fire department. The injured were transferred to Gandhi and Yashoda hospitals.Also Read – Fire at e-bike showroom in Hyderabad, 6 injured

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Eyewitnesses said thick smoke engulfed Ruby lodge on the top floor of the building after the fire broke out in the ground floor showroom. Firefighters managed to rescue nine people. Also Read – A massive fire broke out at a chemical warehouse in Telangana the day after the Srisailam accident

The incident caused panic in the building. Some of the guests reportedly jumped out of the windows to save themselves.

Speaking to ANI, Telangana Home Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali said, “Very unfortunate incident. Fire crews did their best to save people from the lodge, but due to heavy smoke some people died. Some people were rescued from the lodge. We are investigating how the incident occurred.

State Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav, along with Hyderabad Police Commissioner CV Anand, Chief Fire Officer Sanjay Kumar Jain, Regional Fire Officer V Papaiah and other senior officials visited the scene and supervised the rescue operations.

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