At Least 17 Killed in Massive Fire at Delhi Hotel

Cheryl Sanders
February 12, 2019

The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial investigation into a massive fire at a hotel in central Delhi's Karol Bagh area on Tuesday in which at least 17 people were killed, its Home Minister Satyendar Jain said.

At least nine people were killed, and three others injured when a fire engulfed a hotel in New Delhi on Tuesday, a senior official said. 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.

A call was received at 4.30 a.m. from Arpit Palace Hotel and immediately 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, the officer at the Delhi Fire Department headquarters told IANS.

A video of the incident showed two people jumping from the fourth floor of the burning building.

As many as 30 fire tenders were pressed to carry out the rescue operation. Those injured have been sent 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.

Mandeep Singh Randhawa, deputy police commissioner, said authorities are still investigating what sparked the fire. The fire has already been controlled and the cooling process is underway.

Delhi: Fire breaks out in Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh.

"In 15 minutes, the whole room was black", he said.

"There was wooden panelling on corridors because of which people could not use corridors to evacuate", another fire officer told reporters.

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

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