Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is in the capital with the Jharkhand state team to play in the semi-final match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, was rescued along with teammates after a fire broke out at the WelcomHotel Dwarka where the team was staying.
Jharkhand was to face Bengal on Friday, but the match has now been postponed to Saturday.
Delhi: Fire had broken out in store in Dwarka's Welcome hotel complex. MS Dhoni and Jharkhand team who were staying there evacuated safely pic.twitter.com/8OIbd7x3Cl— ANI (@ANI_news) March 17, 2017
According to a report in the Times Of India, the Delhi Fire Services said that there were no casualties in the fire. The fire service received a call at around 6:30 am alerting them that a fire had broken out inside the WelcomHotel, which is located in Sector 10, in Dwarka. As many as 30 fire tenders were sent to the spot and the fire was brought under control by 7:50 am.
"We were to assemble in the lobby at 7:30 am as we usually do before a game, but at 7:00, I was asked to stay back in the room by Pratyush Singh as there was lot of fire and smoke at the ground floor lobby," Jharkhand batsman Ishank Jaggi told ESPNcricinfo.
"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," the batsman added. "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."
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