17 killed in New Delhi budget hotel fire

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

At least 17 people, including a Keralite, died and 66 others were injured in a major fire that broke out in a central Delhi hotel early on Tuesday.

Delhi Fire Services officials told the Hindustan Times that they received a call at 4.35 am about the fire.

Jain, who visited the Arpit Palace Hotel told reporters that 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.

Cooling process is underway and the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, he added. "There was wooden panelling in the corridor because of which people couldn't use corridors to evacuate", fire officer Vipin Kental said.

Footage showed flames leaping from the top floor.

The injured were taken to hospitals, but their medical conditions were not immediately known. "The two jumped off the building", Kenta said.

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.

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

Hotel Arpit Palace is located in Karol Bagh, an area popular with tourists for its budget hotels and shopping.

The fire has already raised questions about safety in poorly regulated budget hotels in the country.

Fire was reported on third and fourth floor, but the blaze spiralled down as well.

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

The dead includes a child. He also said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered.

Last week, a fire broke out in a hospital in a Delhi suburb, forcing emergency evacuation of patients.

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.

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