Karol Bagh: Seventeen die in Delhi hotel fire

Frederick Owens
February 12, 2019

At least 17 people, including a Keralite, died and 66 others were injured in a major fire that broke out in a central Delhi hotel early on Tuesday.

As it stands, the fire has claimed lives of 17 people with nine injured and the toll could rise. A woman and a child, among those dead, were killed when they tried jumping from a window, reports said.

G.C. Misra, Delhi fire brigade director, said the blaze had been brought under control and that 35 people were rescued by firefighters in an operation lasting several hours.

More than two dozen fire engines were sent to the spot after the fire broke out on the top two floors of Hotel Arpit Palace around 4 am.

Mandeep Singh Randhawa, deputy police commissioner, said authorities are still investigating what sparked the fire.

Images and videos posted on social media showed thick smoke and flames billowing out of the top floor of the hotel.

The fire broke out at Arpit Palace Hotel located on Gurudwara Road in Karol Bagh.

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The incident raised fresh questions about safety standards in poorly regulated hotels catering to the less affluent.

Fire was reported on third and fourth floor, but the blaze spiralled down as well.

"Investigation is on. Strict action will be taken against the guilty", Delhi minister Satyendar Jain, who visited the site, said.

Meanwhile, the fire has been doused and bodies of the people are being taken out now from the 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. He also said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered.

About three dozen people were rescued from the hotel, Paul said.

The hotel comprises of basement, ground floor and four other floors.

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