In India: 6 die in hotel fire
The death toll may go up later in the day as several people are feared trapped inside the hotel, an official said.
A Senior Police Officer said at least six people had been killed in a fire outbreak in a prominent Hotel in the Western Indian State of Maharashtra on Wednesday.
Several others were also injured in the outbreak.
“The fire broke out at the Bindal Palaza Hotel in the state’s Gondia district, which was almost fully occupied as members of a marriage party were staying there.
“Six bodies have been brought out of the hotel by rescuers,’’ he said, on condition of anonymity.
The death toll may go up later in the day as several people are feared trapped inside the hotel, the official said.
“Some 15 fire tenders have been pressed into service to douse the flames and evacuation of those trapped is underway.
“Those who sustained injuries in the fire have been rushed to nearby hospitals, where the condition of some is said to be serious,’’ he said.
Local TV channels reported that the hotel is located in a congested area that made it difficult for fire engines to reach the spot soon after the incident.
Quoting eyewitnesses, the report said that locals were the first to rush to the rescue of those trapped.
Though a short circuit is said to be reason behind the fire, a high-level probe has been ordered to ascertain the exact cause of the inferno, he added.