17 killed in fire at shoddy New Delhi hotel, 4 others hurt

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

Fire crews struggled to contain the fire as it tore through the hotel.

The minister, who visited the site of the tragedy in central Delhi's Karol Bagh locality, said he was sure that there would be a violation of norms.

The dead included a woman and a child who had tried to escape by jumping from a fifth-floor window of the 65-room hotel in the shopping district of Karol Bagh.

"People were asleep when the fire broke out and may have panicked on seeing too much of suffocating smoke coming inside their rooms, " Garg said.

The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, Cabinet minister Satyendar Jain said. Many were severely injured and have been rushed to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

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

He said that the fire broke out on the first floor and within minutes it spread up to the third and fourth floors of the hotel, as the staircase and corridors were made of wood.

The fire was doused around 7 am, however, the rescue operation went on for four hours and the firefighters and Delhi police officials were able to rescue 35 people.

"This hotel had been built up to six floors".

Fire accidents are not uncommon in Indian cities, where builders often flout safety regulations. Local media reported that most of the deaths were caused by suffocation.

The fire has already raised questions about safety in poorly regulated budget hotels in the country. Choudhary said 26 fire tenders were sent to the spot.

Other members of the family were staying in different hotels in the same area.

In December, eight people were killed when a fire engulfed a hospital in Mumbai.

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