Published: Tue, February 12, 2019

Keralite woman among 17 killed in Delhi hotel blaze

Keralite woman among 17 killed in Delhi hotel blaze

At least seventeen people were killed in a fire that broke out at Hotel Arpit Palace in Delhi's Karol Bagh area early Tuesday morning.

At least 17 people are dead as a result of the blaze overnight in New Delhi, India.

Local media reports said the woman and the child died as they tried to escape by jumping from a window. A call about the fire was received at 4:35 am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, a senior officer from the Delhi Fire Service said. Some were injured and have been taken to hospital. "There was a wooden paneling on the corridor because of which people were not able to use corridors to evacuate, therefore two people jumped off the building", Vipin Kental, a fire official said, ANI reported.

A wedding party had booked a large part of the 35-room hotel. The fire has already been controlled and the cooling process is underway.

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.

The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, Cabinet minister Satyendar Jain said. Seventeen people have died, majority of suffocation. 45 people have been rescued from the burning hotel, whereas 8 people are said to be in critical condition.

Fire fighters searched rooms and toilets to ensure that no one was left trapped, Mishra said.

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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