8 killed in massive fire at e-bike showroom in Secunderabad

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Hyderabad: At least 8 people were killed and several others injured in a major fire that broke out in an electric bike showroom located on the ground floor of a multi-storey building in Telangana in Secunderabad late Monday night.

Police officials said the fire broke out in the electric scooter showroom on the building’s ground floor, and quickly spread to a five-story hotel, where at least 25 guests were staying.

It was reported that all eight people were apparently killed due to suffocation caused by smoke, and 11 others were injured.

Initial investigations identified faulty battery cells and battery modules among the main causes of the fire.

Media reports indicate that the injured were immediately taken to Gandhi Hospital and two of them died of burns. The condition of at least four others is said to be serious.

The building has fire sprinklers but they were not working at the time. According to the report, there were no emergency exits in the building, forcing some guests to jump out of windows.

Police said the latest fire broke out late on Monday in the basement of a hotel housing a showroom housing about two dozen electric scooters in the southern city of Secunderabad, Reuters reported.

“There were electric bikes parked where the fire started,” city police official Chandana Dipty told the news agency.

We don’t know if it started due to overcharging and then spread or if it started somewhere else. This is still under construction.”

Residents on the first and second floors were overwhelmed by smoke, and the largest number of casualties were from those floors, said C.V. Anand, police chief of the neighboring city of Hyderabad.

The wounded were immediately taken to Gandhi Hospital and two of them died from burns. The condition of at least four others is said to be serious.

Prime Minister Modi is saddened by the loss of life

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was saddened by the deaths and announced compensation of Rs 2,000 per person to the family of the people who died in the accident, and Rs 50,000 for each injured.

Telangana Home Minister Muhammad Mahmud Ali expressed his condolences over the loss of life and said an investigation had been ordered to find out the exact cause of the fire.

“The fire brigade did their best to save people from the hostel but because of the thick smoke, some people died. We are investigating how the accident happened and a case has been registered,” he said.





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