A fire breaks out at the luxury hotel in Lucknow; 2 Feared Dead, Rescue Operations Underway

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At least two people have died while others were injured after a major fire broke out at the Levana Hotel in the Hazratganj district of the state capital Lucknow on Monday morning. The toll could rise, however, as some people fear being trapped inside the hotel.

A video released by news agency ANI shows the scene of the hotel fire. It depicts black smoke billowing from all sides of the hotel. Several fire engines arrived at the scene. The fire broke out on four floors of the well-appointed five-story hotel. Firefighters were also seen dragging unconscious hotel guests out of windows.

Manoj Agarwal, chief medical officer, said at least two people died and 10 others were injured in the major fire that broke out on Monday.

“The fire in a hotel was reported this morning, after which the rescue operation is underway. A fire occurred this morning at the Levana hotel in Hazratganj, after which patients are admitted to the hospital So far, 10 people have been admitted to the civil hospital, of which 2 people have been discharged dead,” Agrawal told ANI news agency.

Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, took note of the incident and ordered that the injured be treated.

“The Chief Minister has ordered District Administration officials to provide proper treatment to the injured. In addition, the District Magistrate and senior police officers have been ordered to rush to the scene and ‘accelerate relief and rescue efforts,’ read the statement from the chief minister’s office.

Lucknow District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said: “A full investigation has been opened into the Charbagh Hotel fire incident. The city magistrate will conduct an investigation into the reasons that led to the incident and will submit his report within a month.

“Teams will be assembled in two days comprising the Additional Municipal Magistrate, Circle Officer, Municipal Corporation, Lucknow Development Authority and Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration. The team will survey the area and an investigation will be carried out vis-à-vis hotels, restaurants, bars and retirement homes,” he said.

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