17 killed as fire breaks out at India hotel

Delhi fire: Karol Bagh's Hotel Arpit Palace in India goes up in flames | Daily Star

Among the dead in the fire incident were a child and a woman who tried to escape inferno by jumping through a window in the hotel room they occupied. Most victims died of suffocation, Fire Chief Officer GC Mishra said.

Reportedly, the reason behind the fire was the short circuit on the 4th floor of the hotel.

At 9: 31 am on Tuesday, News Agency ANI tweeted Delhi Hotel Association Vice-President Balan Mani as saying that "It was due to a fire in the ducts, and as a result, it spread to the hotel rooms".

Dozens were also severely injured in the fire and have been rushed to nearby hospitals.

Videos recorded on their cell phones by the eyewitnesses showed flames emanating out of the top floors of the hotel building.

The fire-fighting operation carried by more than 100 personnel of Delhi's fire department lasted around four hours.

"When the fire tenders reached the spot, flames were leaping out of the building". A license is issued only after inspection. Fire services said, two persons have been seriously injured in the incident.

In recent months, officials have shut down a number of shops and restaurants in some of Delhi's most exclusive neighbourhoods for not following fire safety measures.

Twenty-five fire engines responded to the blaze, which had engulfed all but the ground floor of the five-story hotel, fire officer Vijay Paul said. Those staying in the hotel included a group of tourists from Myanmar, broadcaster NDTV said, adding that the authorities were trying to locate them. We had booked four rooms in the hotel.

The fire has already raised questions about safety in poorly regulated budget hotels in the country. "The status of the staff who jumped is yet to be known".

Home Minister Satyendar Jain said he has also directed the fire department to inspect buildings which are five floors or more and submit a report on their fire safety compliance within a week.

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