VIJAYAWADA: Atleast seven persons were killed and a few more injured in a fire that broke out in a Vijayawada hotel in the wee hours of Sunday. 

The fire accident took place in Swarana Palace Hotel, which was taken on lease, and was being runned by a private hospital to treat COVID-19 patients.

According to police and fire services personnel, the fire broke out around 4.30  am in one of the floors and fire fighters and police rushed to the spot to douse the flames. The smoke had engulfed the entire hotel.

Though the fire fighters could bring out those trapped inside the hotel, they found seven persons who died due to suffocation in their rooms.

The Vijayawada City Police Commissioner B Sreenivasulu confirmed the death of seven patients.

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