New Delhi Hotel Fire Kills 17, Police Say

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

A shocking incident took place in Delhi's Karol Bagh where at least 17 people were killed and several were critically injured in a major fire that broke out on Tuesday, officials said. A woman and a child, among those dead, were killed when they tried jumping from a window, reports said. Fire officials said a call about the fire was received at 4.35 am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

Delhi health minister Satyendra Kumar Jain has declared the blaze at Hotel Arpit Palace as a case of negligence, saying that the hotel had flouted rules by being allowed to build six floors instead of the six constructed.

An investigation has been launched to find the exact cause of the fire. "There was wooden panelling in the corridor because of which people couldn't use corridors to evacuate", fire officer Vipin Kental said.

Images showed thick smoke and flames billowing out of the top floor of four-storey hotel, popular with budget travellers.

The injured were taken to hospitals, but their medical conditions were not immediately known.

The fire broke out at Arpit Palace Hotel located on Gurudwara Road in Karol Bagh.

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Accidental fires are common across India because of poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations.

Building regulations and fire safety measures are routinely flouted by builders and incidents of fires are reported nearly every week from across the country. Balan Mani, Delhi Hotel Association Vice President said, "It was due to fire in ducting because of which it had spread to the hotel rooms".

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

Delhi Minister Satyendra Jain said, "According to building bylaws, buildings can not be over four-storeys (parking & four storeys) in this area".

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

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