4 killed in Jammu hotel fire, time-bound inquiry ordered

Suhail Punjabi
Jammu: Four persons were killed and 11 injured after a fire broke out in a hotel here last night.
The state government has ordered a time-bound inquiry into the incident and the consequent loss of life and property in it.
The incident occurred in Hotel Neelam in bus stand area of Jammu city at around 0230 hours, police said.
As the smoke started billowing out of the three-storey building, police and fire service personnel rushed to the spot and launched operation to rescue the people trapped in the hotel.
Four persons were killed in the blaze while 11 injured were admitted to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital here, they said.
According to local residents, the fire started from a store room on the ground floor of the hotel where tyres had been stored.
The owner of the hotel is also a local transporter, they said. Seven fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the blaze.
The government has appointed appointment Ajeet Kumar Sahu, Deputy Commissioner Jammu as Inquiry Officer to enquire into the incident of fire and the consequent loss of life and property.
“The Inquiry Officer may associate any other officer to assist him in conduct of the enquiry and shall submit a detailed report within a fortnight to the Government,” a government order said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah expresses grief over the loss of life and property in the incident.
“My condolences to the families of those killed in the hotel fire in Jammu today and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Omar wrote on micro blogging website, Twitter.