At least 17 dead in New Delhi hotel fire

Delhi fire: Karol Bagh's Hotel Arpit Palace in India goes up in flames | Daily Star

Death toll in Delhi hotel fire rises to 17, questions of safety raised

A massive fire broke out early this morning at a hotel in New Delhi's congested Karol Bagh area.

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.

Their medical conditions were not immediately known.

While the Delhi government ordered a magisterial probe, home minister Satyendar Jain said he has directed the fire department to inspect buildings which are five-storied or more and submit a report within a week.

At least 35 people were injured in the blaze, said Madhur Verma, deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi), adding that one person was still missing.

"As per information gathered from the site, it reveals that the incidence of fire accrued at second floor at around 3.30am on February 12 due to short-circuit", the official said. Two staffers of hotel Arpit Palace also died. We recovered only two dead bodies from the corridors and the rest 15 from inside the rooms where there was no fire. "It's gross negligence on the part of the officers who allowed the extra floors to be built", he said. Bhupendra Rajput, an eyewitness who helped in rescue operation, said, "We were inside my room at a hotel nearby the incident happened". But the building appeared to have six floors, including a basement and a kitchen built on top of the roof, Jain said.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a short circuit but the evacuation was hampered by narrow corridors, panelled in wood.

Cooling process is underway and the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths.

"When the fire tenders reached the spot, flames were leaping out of the building".

Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire at Karol Bagh in Delhi. Incumbent Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal or his predecessors have used this "confusing tactics" as and when required.

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