Saturday, 20 June 2015

10 dead, 12 injured in fire in hotel in Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh

At least ten people died and 12 others suffered injuries in a major fire that broke out in a hotel in Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of today, official sources said.

District Magistrate Amrit Tripathi told NetIndian over the telephone that those killed included nine men and a woman, all guests staying in the hotel.

Five of the seriously injured were taken to a hospital in Allahabad for treatment, while seven with minor injuries were being treated at a hospital in Pratapgarh, he said.

The fire was reported at around 4.45 am in the restaurant of the hotel and quickly spread to other areas. Fire tenders rushed to the spot and managed to put out the flames by 5.15 am, Mr Tripathi said.

Most of the victims had died due to suffocation, he said, adding that the bodies had been sent for post-mortem examination.

An inquiry has been ordered to determine the cause of the fire and establish criminal liability, if any. Initial reports suggested that the fire started due to an electrical short-circuit.

Saturday 20 June 2015


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