Watching the rooftop engulfed in flames, the two climbed pipes to reach the fourth floor, broke open the lock on the exit and helped bring out people. Suraj led people to a back exit and Mahesh called the fire engines. "We were going to the washroom when we saw the fire and people running around. There were around 200 to 250 people in the rooftop restaurants".
As people ran towards the bathroom, Suraj led people to the direction of the back exits. He counts at least a dozen people whom he took to safety. "The smoke in the restaurant was black, so thick and pungent that one couldn't breathe for even for two minutes. I covered my nose with my shirt and just went in...then I kept pushing people to the exit," he told NDTV.
Mahesh remembered, "Some had lost their clothes, others had lost their slippers..."
People fell down near the only exit leading to a stampede-like situation.
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