Vijayawada Hotel Fire News: At least nine people were killed and a dozen were injured after a massive fire broke out at a Covid-19 facility in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada. The incident took place at Hotel Swarna Palace on Sunday morning. According to reports, the fire was caused by a short circuit. A private hospital had leased Hotel Swarna Palace in Vijayawada to keep infected Covid patients. Several fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames. The situation was brought under control after five hours. Nearly 20 people were rescued from the facility and rushed to a nearby hospital. Those injured in the fire are said to be stable and undergoing treatment at another hospital in the town. District Collector AMD Imtiaz said preliminary investigation suggested that a short circuit could be the cause of the fire. The incident took place around 5 am. We are evacuating the entire building,” Imtiaz said as reported by ANI. Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed shock over the incident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh to the kin of the deceased. He has also ordered an in-depth probe into the mishap.