The two-storey building of City Light Hotel on Rashtrapati Road collapsed around 6.30 am yesterday.
Police, fire fighting personnel and rescue workers managed to evacuate 22 people from the rubble and shifted 15 of them to government-run Gandhi Hospital. The condition of some of the injured is stated to be critical.
Many auto-rickshaw drivers and daily wage workers were at the famous joint to have their early morning Iranian tea and snacks when the structure came down.
“The buildings looked stable. The construction of a ‘bhatti’ for haleem on top of the building may have weakened the structure but the exact reason will be known only after a probe,” said the local municipal commissioner.
The hotel owner was reportedly building kiln for cooking haleem, a popular dish during Muslim holy month of Ramadan, on the top terrace of the hotel.
The hotel owner was injured and his condition is stated to be critical while his son died.