Fire at New Delhi hotel kills at least 17

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

At least 17 people died when a fire ripped through a budget hotel in Delhi on Tuesday (Feb 12), with victims including a woman and a child who reportedly jumped from a window to escape the blaze.

Seventeen people have died in a fire at a hotel in western New Delhi. Fire officials said a call about the fire was received at 4.35 am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Two hotel staff members had jumped from the fourth floor of the hotel in an attempt to save themselves.

As many as 30 fire tenders were pressed to carry out the rescue operation.

The injured were rushed to three hospitals including the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML).

Fire Officer Vipin Kental said, "The cause of the fire yet to be investigated".

Dramatic footage from the scene shared on social media showed thick smoke and huge flames pouring out of the 35-room hotel.

Cooling process is underway and the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, he added.

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

Building regulations and fire safety measures are routinely flouted by builders and incidents of fires are reported nearly every week from across the country. Almost 35 people were rescued safely.

The fire broke out at the Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi, with images showing it engulfing the entire top floor.

Delhi minister Satyendra Jain told the NDTV news website that the Arpit Palace had built a fifth floor with a kitchen and a terrace, even though the owners only had permission to build four storeys.

Fire fighters searched rooms and toilets to ensure that no one was left trapped, Mishra said.

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