Panic gripped customers and staff of the famous Taj Mahal hotel at Patny Centre in Secunderabad on Sunday morning after a minor fire broke out in the kitchen due to leakage of gas.

However, no one was injured. Secunderabad Fire Officer G. Venkateswar said the gas leaked after rubber tube connected to the stove and cylinder had developed cracks.

The staff immediately swung into action and put out the flames using portable fire extinguishers.

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