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17 killed in massive fire in central Delhi Hotel; govt orders probe

12 February, 2019, 11:55 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Delhi fire: Karol Bagh's Hotel Arpit Palace in India goes up in flames | Daily Star

A short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the fire that broke out in Karol Bagh's Arpit Palace hotel in the early hours of Tuesday, a senior civic official said.

At least 17 people are dead as a result of the blaze overnight in New Delhi, India. Fire officials said a call about the fire was received at 4.35 am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

The fire department will conduct an inquiry into the incident and the Delhi Police has also lodged an FIR against the hotel administration and will further investigate the negligence caused on their part.

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

Television showed pictures of flames leaping from the top floor.

Most of the victims - including many from a wedding party - were said to be sleeping when the fire broke out.

Thirty-five people were rescued and those injured were taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

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Guests at the hotel, popular with budget and business travellers, were unable to use corridors to escape because of wooden panelling, according to a fire officer.

Fire accidents are not uncommon in Indian cities, where builders often flout safety regulations. "The two jumped off the building", Kenta said.

Paul says 35 people were rescued from the hotel.

Authorities appeared to have been negligent in enforcing building laws in the surrounding area, Delhi's urban development minister Satyendar Jain said.

According to reports, 27 fire tenders have been pressed into action.

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

In 2017, 14 people were killed, also in Mumbai, when a huge blaze tore through a popular restaurant.

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