Panic triggered in Hyderabad’s IKEA store on Sunday night after a false fire alarm went off causing chaos inside the outlet.
Hundreds of customers and employees inside the furniture outlet located in the Hitech city were in fear and trembling.
“A false alarm broke out at about 8 p.m. in the IKEA store in Hyderabad due to which customers and co-workers had to be evacuated for some minutes as a safety procedure. Everyone is back in the building safely and business is back to normal,” an IKEA spokesperson told reporters.
According to the police, someone in the cellar had wrongly pressed the fire alarm button. The matter is being probed and an investigation is underway to identify the person responsible.
Police denied that there was any fire in the store. A police official said people ran out in panic as the fire alarm went off and it later proved to be false.
The Swedish multinational home furnishing outlet IKEA opened its first India store in Hyderabad in August last year.
The store is 4,00,000 square feet large and is spread over 13 acres located in Hitec City. IKEA also has a 1,000 seater restaurant.
Thousands of people visit the store and the restaurant every day.