Seventeen die in Delhi hotel fire

Posted February 13, 2019

A number of hotel guests have been killed, including a child, when they were suffocated in smoke from a severe fire that ripped through a hotel.

It is estimated around 120 people were inside the hotel - built around 25 years ago - when the fire started.

Guests at the hotel, popular with budget and business travellers, were unable to use corridors to escape because of wooden panelling, according to a fire officer.

At 9: 31 am on Tuesday, News Agency ANI tweeted Delhi Hotel Association Vice-President Balan Mani as saying that "It was due to a fire in the ducts, and as a result, it spread to the hotel rooms".

The injured were rushed to three hospitals including the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML).

Indian Twitter user Vikas Tripathi, sharing the video, wrote: "Death toll likely to rise as people jumped off the building to save themselves".

Officials said 35 people were rescued. The first tender that reached the spot did not have adequate water.

"All norms were followed here; license is issued only after inspection". However, the police said only one other person was injured. At least 35 rooms were booked by members of one family, who were in the city for a special function.

Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire at Karol Bagh in Delhi.

There were 53 people in the 45-room budget hotel, which had a canopy on the terrace, housing what appeared to be a restaurant.

At least 17 people are dead as a result of the blaze overnight in New Delhi, India. The government also ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.

The fire broke out at the Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi, with images showing it engulfing the entire top floor.

Common Delhiites are not concerned because they are ignorant about the enforced fire safety rules & regulations and building bye laws in the national capital. "The status of the staff who jumped is yet to be known".