Fire broke out in Dwarka’s Welcome Hotel were he was staying with his Jharkhand state cricket teammates. All players were evacuated in time and are safe. Dhoni’s state team is currently in the Capital for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where his side reached the semi-finals. They were supposed to face Bengal on Friday, but the match has been postponed to Saturday.
No casualties were reported in the blaze which occurred around 6:30 am inside the WelcomHotel, located in Delhi’s Dwarka area, a Times of India report quoted the Delhi fire services as saying. The report added that the fire services got a call at 6:30 in the morning and they rushed 30 fire tenders to the spot. The fire was brought under control by 7:50 am.
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
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The fire broke out on Friday morning in the ground floor lobby, when the players, staying on the seventh floor, were about to depart for the match against Bengal at the Palam Grounds.
“We were to assemble in the lobby at 7:30am 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 lot of fire and smoke at the ground floor lobby,” Ishank Jaggi, Jharkhand batsman, 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 situation could have been worse as the fire alarm did not go off in time at the hotel.
“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.
Dhoni and the rest of the Jharkhand team were taken from the hotel to the Palam grounds. The final is scheduled for Sunday, and there has been no confirmation whether it will be postponed or not.
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