Death toll in Secunderabad hotel fire rises to eight, PM Modi pro bono announcement

Most of the victims, who were on a business trip to the city, are from northern states and their identities are being established

Most of the victims, who were on a business trip to the city, are from northern states and their identities are being established

The death toll in the fire accident at a four-storey hotel in Secunderabad rose to eight on September 13, and another injured died of burns in hospital. The fire started at an electric vehicle bike showroom and spread to the Secunderabad upstairs area below the market police station boundaries late Monday evening.

Most of the victims, who were on business in the city, according to City Police Commissioner CV Anand, are from northern states and their identities are being established.

Mr Anand said the injured were rushed to Gandhi Hospital and other nearby private hospitals. Most of the victims died of suffocation as thick plumes of smoke startled guests at the Ruby Hotel. The panicked inmates tried to escape but were trapped in the bedrooms.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences to the bereaved relatives, while announcing ₹2 lakh gratuitous from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to the relatives of the deceased and ₹50,000 to the injured.

It is said that there were 25 guests in the box. Some guests smashed window panes and jumped out. Many of them were seriously injured.

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