17 killed as fire hits hotel in New Delhi (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
12 February, 2019, 12:50 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
A massive fire broke out at a central Delhi hotel on Tuesday morning, killing at least 17 people, hospital sources said.
Fire officer Vipin Kenta said the two people had jumped off the hotel on Gurudwara Road in panic when the fire broke out early on Tuesday. A fire department official said some fire extinguishers were found used suggesting people trapped inside tried to douse the fire in a bid to escape.
The fire at the Arpit Palace Hotel has been extinguished, but authorities are still investigating what sparked it, Deputy Police Commissioner Mandeep Singh Randhawa said.
Images and videos posted on social media showed thick smoke and flames billowing out of the top floor of the hotel.
Hotel Arpit Palace is located in Karol Bagh, an area popular with tourists for its budget hotels and shopping. Some were injured and have been taken to hospital.
Building regulations and fire safety measures are routinely flouted by builders and incidents of fires are reported nearly every week from across the country.
Most of the victims - including many from a wedding party - were said to be sleeping when the fire broke out.
Frequent raids by civic authorities to enforce building codes, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures in New Delhi have failed to curb violations in this rapidly expanding city of more than 18 million people. Seventeen people have died, majority of suffocation.
The Delhi government has, meanwhile, ordered a magisterial probe into the Karol Bagh fire incident, said Health Minister Satyendra Jain.
Four people were killed in November a year ago in a factory fire in Beadonpura area in Karol Bagh after a solvent used for laundering clothes spilt out on the floor accidentally.
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