A fire at the Levana Hotel in Hazratganj, Lucknow, state of Uttar Pradesh, reportedly killed at least two people and injured several others on the morning of September 5. Emergency crews evacuated at least 18 people from hotel; reports indicate that several hotel guests and staff remain trapped in the building. There are no immediate reports of the fire spreading to other compounds. The cause of the fire is not immediately clear.
Tighter security and localized transportation disruptions are likely in the coming hours. Authorities may evacuate other buildings near the incident site as a precaution. Localized business interruptions may occur. Continued disruption is possible after crews put out the blaze while authorities conduct investigations.
Avoid the area until the situation stabilizes and authorities give the all clear. Obey all official transportation and safety instructions, including evacuation orders. Expect localized traffic jams in surrounding areas; allow more time to reach destinations. Consider staying indoors if the smoke is heavy, especially if you have a respiratory condition such as asthma or conditions that increase your risk of exposure to smoke. Eye irritation is possible; rinse irritated eyes thoroughly with clean water.