Seventeen die in Delhi hotel fire

Seventeen die in Delhi hotel fire

Seventeen die in Delhi hotel fire

At least 17 people were killed as a massive fire swept through a hotel in central Delhi's Karol Bagh area early Tuesday, police said.

A fire at a hotel in New Delhi has killed at least 17 people, including a child, according to officials. Fire officials said a call about the fire was received at 4.35 am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

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.

He says authorities are still investigating what caused 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 and videos posted on social media showed thick smoke and flames billowing out of the top floor of the hotel.

Karol Bagh, filled with shops and budget hotels, is popular with tourists.

"Seventeen people are no more, they died because of suffocation, not fire", said the deputy fire chief, Virendra Singh, adding that 35 people had been rescued. While 13 bodies were shifted to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital, the remaining four were taken to Lady Hardinge Medical College and BLK Hospital.

Fire accidents are not uncommon in Indian cities, where builders often flout safety regulations.

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

Jain blamed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for the violation and said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered.

In 2017, 14 people were killed, also in Mumbai, when a huge blaze tore through a popular restaurant. Most of the victims were sleeping when the fire broke out, believed to have been caused by a short circuit.

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