10 gutted as major fire engulfs UP hotel

A major fire broke out at a hotel in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh on Friday in which at least 10 people, including two women, were killed and several others were injured.  

The fire started at the Goyal Hotel in Babaganj area under Kotwali police station early in the morning when most of the hotel guests were sleeping.

Those killed were identified as Basant Narain (35), Om Prakash (35), both doctors, Manoj Sharma (30), who is a journalist with a Hindi Daily, Satyavrat (40), Brijesh Kumar (32), Dileep (22) and Priyanka (24) and Khalik Kirmani (50).

According to reports, a guest staying in the hotel spotted the fire first, raising an alarm and informing the fire department.  

The fire left a senior executive of a leading Hindi daily and doctors who were staying in the hotel as guests dead.

Thirteen guests suffered burns and other injuries as they tried to get out of the four-story building and were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Nine people with serious burns were taken to SRN Hospital in Allahabad.

A dozen people were rescued and the fire has been put out, police said.

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav announced Rs two lakh compensation for the kin of dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured.

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