Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

17 killed as huge fire razes hotel in Delhi

17 killed as huge fire razes hotel in Delhi

At least nine people, including a child, were killed after a major fire broke out in Hotel Arpit Palace in Delhi's Karol Bagh area in the wee hours of Tuesday.

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.

According to reports, among the dead were a woman and a child, who tried to escape the fire by jumping from a window of the hotel located in the busy shopping area of the Capital.

Three people jumped from the blazing structure even as 25 fire tenders rushed to the spot after receiving a call at 4.30 am.

An investigation has been launched to find the exact cause of the fire.

Video recorded on cellphones by eye-witnesses showed huge flames crowning the terrace of the white six-storey building.

Karol Bagh, in central Delhi, is popular with tourists and lined with hotels and markets. While 13 bodies were shifted to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital, the remaining four were taken to Lady Hardinge Medical College and BLK Hospital.

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On 7 February, a fire broke out in Metro Hospitals and Heart Institute in Noida, trapping several people inside the multi-storeyed building.

A further 35 people had been rescued, authorities confirmed.

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

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.

Fire fighters searched rooms and toilets to ensure that no one was left trapped, Mishra said. Local media reported that most of the deaths were caused by suffocation.

Unconfirmed reports say the death toll is likely to rise as numerous injured jumped from the burning building to the ground.

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