Eight people were killed and several others injured after a fire broke out at an electric scooter showroom in Telangana’s Secunderabad late last night.
Officials said the fire broke out at Ruby electric scooter showroom on the ground floor of the building, and soon spread to a lodge on the first and second floor, killing eight people.
Most of them seemed to have died because of asphyxiation caused by the smoke, they added.
Around 25 people were present at the lodge when the fire broke out. The Fire Department rescued the lodge residents using crane ladders, while a few locals also joined in and helped in the rescue operations, officials said.
The injured have been shifted to the hospital for treatment and several fire engines are at the spot trying to douse the flames, said Hyderabad Police Commissioner CV Anand.
Telangana Home Minister Mohammad Mehmood Ali said a probe has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the fire.
“Fire brigade teams tried their best to rescue people from the lodge but due to heavy smoke, some people died. We are probing how the incident happened,” he said.