Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Delhi hotel fire kills 17

Delhi hotel fire kills 17

At least 17 people were killed as a massive fire swept through a hotel in central Delhi's Karol Bagh area early Tuesday, police said.

G.C. Misra, Delhi fire services director, said the blaze had been brought under control and that 35 people were rescued by firefighters in an operation lasting several hours involving at least 25 fire engines.

According to reports, among the dead were a woman and a child, who tried to escape the fire by jumping from a window of the hotel located in the busy shopping area of the Capital.

Paul says the fire engulfed most of the five-storey hotel.

Officials said they believe the blaze was caused by a short circuit.

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Deputy Chief Fire Officer Sunil Choudhary said, "The fire has been doused".

Hotel Arpit Palace was the location of the fire in Karol Bagh. Thirty-five people were rescued and those injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

The disaster is the latest of its kind in India, where poor health and safety standards - especially in hotels and facilities for the poor - are all too common.

"Buildings can only be constructed up to four floors in Delhi", Delhi's home minister Satyendra Jain told NDTV. Balan Mani, Delhi Hotel Association Vice President said, "It was due to fire in ducting because of which it had spread to the hotel rooms. Many people were still fast asleep at that time", he said, adding that during the dousing process the nine bodies were discovered. "There was wood panelling on the corridor because of which people couldn't use corridors to evacuate; two had jumped off the building". He also said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered.

Four people were killed in November previous year in a factory fire in Beadonpura area in Karol Bagh after a solvent used for laundering clothes spilt out on the floor accidentally.

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