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Dhoni, cricketers evacuated after fire at hotel (Roundup)

IANS  |  New Delhi 

A fire broke out in a hotel on Friday, leading to the evacuation of former skipper Singh and players from Jharkhand, Bengal and No one was hurt.

After a fire call was received at 6.30 a.m., 30 fire tenders reached WelcomHotel in Dwarka, the Fire Service told IANS.

According to informed sources, the players and officials only came to know about the fire after their rooms were filled with dense smoke.

"It took around an hour to douse the flames," a fire service officer said. "No casualties were reported."

Deputy Commissioner of Police Surendra Kumar said that all players including Dhoni, who is leading the team, were safely evacuated.

"The incident took place just before the team was to leave for net practice," Kumar added.

The and Bengal squads, which was also put up at the hotel, were scheduled to take on each other in the second semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Friday. The match was postponed.

The team, which has reached the final, was also staying at the same hotel.

The incident occurred before the start of the second semi-final of the domestic 50-over tournament at the Air Force Complex Ground in Palam.

The and players later assembled outside the hotel, eagerly waiting to retrieve their belongings, including kits.

All three teams have been shifted to another hotel.

The incident forced the Board of Control for Cricket in (BCCI) to postpone the second semi-final and the final of the tournament.

The venue of the second semi-final was also shifted to the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium where Bengal and will battle it out for a place in the summit clash on Saturday.

The final will now take place on Monday instead of Sunday, the BCCI said.

--IANS

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