Seventeen killed in massive fire in central Delhi Hotel

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

At least 17 people, including a child, have died in a Delhi hotel fire that broke out early on Tuesday morning, police said.

The dead included a woman and a child who tried to escape by jumping from a fifth-floor window of the 65-room hotel in the shopping district of Karol Bagh. Fire officials said a call about the fire was received at 4.35 am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

Indian Twitter user Vikas Tripathi, sharing the video, wrote: "Death toll likely to rise as people jumped off the building to save themselves".

As per the deputy chief fire officer Sunil Chaudhary, 26 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and also said that 25 personnel were evacuated from the hotel.

The tragedy comes just two months after six people were killed and more than 100 injured when a fire broke out at a hospital in Mumbai in December. Those staying in the hotel included a group of tourists from Myanmar, broadcaster NDTV said, adding that authorities were trying to ascertain their whereabouts.

Rescue and police personnel at the site of a massive blaze at Hotel Arpit Palace on Tuesday, after the fire had been doused.

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

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

"So I have also directed the fire department to inspect such multi-storeyed buildings which have five floors or more and submit a report in a week's time", he said.

"We have ordered for a magisterial inquiry into the case".

A further 35 people had been rescued, authorities confirmed.

Rescuers are now focusing on those still trapped inside hotel rooms.

Generally, four floors are allowed for such establishments, the minister said.

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