Vijayawada, August 9: A massive fire was reported in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday in which at least seven people have been killed so far while as many as 30 people have been rescued. According to a tweet by ANI, the blaze broke out at a hotel in Vijayawada. As soon as the blaze was reported, fire tenders were pressed into service at the spot. Reports inform that the hotel was being used as a COVID-19 facility by a hospital.
Soon after the incident was reported, Vijaywada Police rushed to the spot to take a stock of the situation. As per initial probe, seven people have lost their lives and 30 have been rescued from the facility. Reports inform that around 30 COVID-19 patients were present inside the building when the fire broke out.
Here's the tweet:
— ANI (@ANI) August 9, 2020
Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is closely monitoring the situation in Vijayawada. Several reports inform that the hotel staff were alerted immediately and it is said that the fire reportedly broke out due to a short circuit. According to reports, Vijayawada CP Srinivasulu said that the death toll is likely to increase.
Andhra Pradesh continued to witness a surge in COVID-19 cases as 10,080 fresh infections were reported, taking the overall tally to 2,17,040. The latest government bulletin said the state now has 85,486 active cases after 1,29,615 coronavirus positive persons got cured, including 9,151 in the last 24 hours, and 1,939 succumbed.