Major fire breaks out at Kolkata hotel, two dead
At least two persons were charred to death and several others were injured when major fire broke out at the high-end Golden Park Hotel near Ho Chi Minh Sarani in southern Kolkata early today.
According to fire service officials, Anup Agarwal and Jugalkishore Gupta, guests at the hotel, were rushed to a hospital after suffering serious injuries in the fire but could not be saved.
The injured were taken to SSKM Hospital, they said, adding that nine fire tenders were rushed to the site and fire has been brought under control.
“It took three hours to douse the fire,” they informed.
Police said that the fire broke out at around 3 am. The fire was first seen in the kitchen area of the hotel.
"Apart from hotel guests, there were workers who were stuck inside. Among seven persons, two were seriously injured and succumbed when taken to the hospital. The fire is completely under control and we are making sure that there are no pocket fire," police said.
“Up to 30 persons, including the hotel's staff, have been rescued,” the official added.
Fire fighters and disaster management personnel had to break open the glass window panes of the hotel for the thick smoke to pass out.