Kolkata: 2 dead in Parkk hotel fire, 32 evacuated
At least 2 people died and 32 others were evacuated when a fire broke out in the Golden Parkk Hotel in Kolkata.
The hotel is located opposite the British deputy high commission on Ho Chi Minh Sarani.
Hotel and staff said the fire originated in the pantry.
Authorities are looking into whether the hotel was complying with basic fire safety norms.
How did the fire break out?
Hotel officials said they first noticed smoke coming out of the pantry of the hotel at 3:00 AM.
The smoke spread across the hotel through the central air-conditioning system. Guests panicked and climbed out of their windows to escape the blaze.
The fire caused extensive damage to rooms, the kitchen and hotel furniture.
Police said prompt action managed to keep the death toll low.
2 guests, Chamar Kishan and Anup Agarwal died in the fire. Two others have been admitted to Woodland Hospital for injuries. Two others were treated at another hospital and discharged.
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Disaster management officials said the hotel lacked basic fire-fighting measures. They said, "We did see some fire extinguishers but there were no sprinklers."
In addition, officials said fire exits in the hotel were locked.