17 including child killed in Delhi hotel blaze

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

A fire has swept through Arpit Palace Hotel in New Delhi killing at least 17 people, authorities in the Indian capital have said, raising fresh questions about safety standards in the poorly regulated budget accommodation market.

At least 17 people are dead as a result of the blaze overnight in New Delhi, India. A fire department official said some fire extinguishers were found used suggesting people trapped inside tried to douse the fire in a bid to escape.

Delhi Fire Services officials told the Hindustan Times that they received a call at 4.35 am about the fire.

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As per the deputy chief fire officer Sunil Chaudhary, 26 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and also said that 25 personnel were evacuated from the hotel.

The injured were taken to local hospitals, but their medical conditions were not immediately known.

The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial probe into the massive fire, its Home Minister Satyendar Jain said.

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Karol Bagh, in central Delhi, is popular with tourists and lined with hotels and markets. The fire has already been controlled and the cooling process was underway.

Frequent raids by civic authorities to enforce building codes, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures have failed to curb violations in a rapidly expanding city of more than 18 million people. According to eyewitnesses, most deaths were caused due to suffocation.

Generally, four floors are allowed for such establishments, the minister said. "Inside in the rooms, wooden panels were there on the walls", Mr Jain said.

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The inferno was reported in the early hours of Tuesday, with videos showing the top floors of the building consumed by flames.

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