New Delhi Hotel Fire Kills 17, Police Say

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

Even though the law limits construction only to four floors, the hotel had a fifth floor, like some other nearby structures, Jain said, adding that a kitchen and dining area on its top floor constituted another violation.

Delhi Police has registered an FIR against the hotel owner.

As many as 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, and at least 35 people were rescued from the five-storey building, it is learnt.

Reportedly, the reason behind the fire was the short circuit on the 4th floor of the hotel. According to eyewitnesses, most deaths were caused due to suffocation.

Among those injured was a woman from Burma who sustained spinal injuries after jumping from an upper floor, according to Deputy Fire Chief Sunil Choudhary. Seventeen people have died, a lot of them of suffocation.

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




Union minister K.J. Alphons said the emergency exit of the Arpit Palace hotel was "too narrow" and also locked.

They said wooden panelling in the corridors had contributed to the quick spread of the fire. "The status of the staff who jumped is yet to be known".

The police said that out of 17 people killed, 15 have been identified.

"A licence is issued only after inspection".

The fire-fighting operation carried by more than 100 personnel of Delhi's fire department lasted around four hours. Reportedly, all patients were evacuated safely.

In December, six people were killed when a fire engulfed a hospital in Mumbai, the capital of western Maharashtra state. No casualty was reported in the incident, PTI reported.

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