Lucknow (IANS) Ten people were killed and more than a dozen injured on Friday when a massive fire broke out in a hotel in Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, police said.
The toll is likely to go up as the condition of some those with serious burn injuries is said to be very critical.
The incident took place at Hotel Aryan on the Allahabad-Faizabad highway at Babaganj.
Eleven of the total 16 rooms in the hotel were occupied when a fire broke out early morning. Fire tenders were rushed to the spot, but firemen took more than five hours to contain the blaze.
Locals spotted people crying out for help.
Senior district officials are overseeing the rescue operations. The injured are being treated at hospitals and the bodies have been sent for post-mortem examination.
Some of the dead are from Lucknow, an official told IANS.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has extended his condolences to the families of those killed and has announced ex-gratia to them.
13 killed in hotel fire in Uttar Pradesh
Allahabad: Thirteen persons, including two doctors and a journalist, were killed and 10 injured when a fire broke out in a hotel in Babaganj area on Friday. The incident occurred at about 4.30 am in Goyal Residency Hotel.
Fire engulfed the four-storey building killing 10 persons on the spot. 13 persons were injured in the blaze, Superintendent of Police (SP) Balikaran Yadav said.
The injured were rushed to hospital. Three of them succumbed to injures during treatment at a hospital in nearby Allahabad district. Prima facie, the cause of fire appeared to be short circuit, he said. Pratapgarh is about 170 kms from state capital Lucknow.
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). The hotel was badly damaged in the fire.