Fire at Delhi's 5 Star Hotel, Dhoni & his Jharkhand Cricket Team RescuedMarch 17, 2017 10:56
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, former India cricket captain was rescued from a hotel fire in Delhi's Dwarka area on Friday.
"No casualties were reported in the fire", Delhi Fire Services said.
They added that "we got a call around 6:30 am alerting that there was a fire inside the Welcom Hotel, which is located in Sector 10, Dwarka. As many as 30 fire tenders were sent to the spot and the fire was brought under control at 7:50 am."
Dhoni was in Delhi along with his Jharkhand team for the Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-final. The team's kit was destroyed which led to the match getting postponed for Saturday.
"The Dhoni-led Jharkhand team entered the semifinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy after outplaying Vidarbha by six wickets at the Palam Ground here on Wednesday", PTI reported.
"Besides being Jharkhand's unofficial mentor in the Ranji Trophy, Dhoni has been an active member of the Vijay Hazare squad, captaining the side in all the six matches so far. His participation in the tournament has been attracting sizeable crowds wherever Jharkhand", PTI reported.
“We were to assemble in the lobby at 7:30 am as we usually do before a game, but at 7, I was asked to stay back in the room by Pratyush Singh as there was a lot of fire and smoke at the ground floor lobby,” Ishank Jaggi, Jharkhand batsman told.
“It spread quite quickly and when we finally got out of our seventh-floor rooms, all we could see around us was smoke. It was so thick that we couldn’t even see the far end of the lobby.”
“What added to our concern was the fire alarm didn’t go off, so we assumed it to be a small fire accident. But when there was a strong burning smell, we were asked to vacate immediately. The seriousness of it struck us only when we got out. The smoke spread to our rooms as well. That is when we were asked to run down the stairs,” Jaggi added.
BY M. DIVYA SRI