New Delhi Hotel Fire Kills 17, Police Say

New Delhi Hotel Fire Kills 17, Police Say

New Delhi Hotel Fire Kills 17, Police Say

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.

Images showed thick smoke and flames billowing out of the top floor of four-storey hotel, popular with budget travellers.

A senior civic official said a suspected short circuit could have sparked the fire. "Also, it was too narrow", he told reporters.

Most of the victims - including many from a wedding party - were said to be sleeping when the fire broke out.

Four people were injured in the incident.

It was not immediately clear how many guests and staff were inside the hotel, which had 43 guest rooms, according to its website.

Fire officer Vijay Paul says 25 fire engines responded to the blaze, which has been extinguished.

"There was wood panelling on the corridor because of which people couldn't use the corridors to get out".

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Three members of an extended family were among the dead.

However, neither Jain nor Kejriwal clarified whether they came to know about the violations in Karol Bagh today or were they already aware of it.

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

It also learned that on December 4, 2017, the owner was "deemed complied" with fire safety norms at the hotel premises and it was declared "fit" for "occupancy class residential"(guesthouse) with effect from December 24, 2017, for a period of three years.

Many structures, both old and new, lack proper fire exits. While two people jumped out of the building due to getting panic. Eyewitnesses said several people jumped out of the upper floors to save their lives.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that he was deeply saddened by the loss of lives.

Building fires are particularly frequent in big Indian cities where millions live in cramped and dilapidated properties.

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