Dhoni, Jharkhand players survive hotel fire scare

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 17, 2017 11:10 hrs
MS Dhoni

Former India skipper MS Dhoni and the Jharkhand cricket team survived a fire scare on Friday morning.

Fire broke out in Dwarka's Welcome Hotel in New Delhi where Dhoni and his team were staying and according to reports all players were evacuated safely.

After reaching the semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Jharkhand was supposed to play Bengal on Friday.

However, the semi-final match was cancelled and has been postponed to Saturday due to the fire incident.

The fire broke out at around 07:00 AM when the players, staying in the seventh floor were about to depart for the semi-final match. Luckily, the players were alerted and managed to escape.

"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."

"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 team were taken to the Palam ground and will be moved to a different hotel. The final is scheduled for Sunday and there has been no confirmation whether it has been postponed or not.

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