Keralite woman among 17 killed in Delhi hotel blaze

Fire at the Hotel Arpit Palace in Delhi India

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.

Seventeen people have died in a fire at a hotel in western New Delhi.

A woman and a child died after they tried jumping from a window of the building. A call about the fire was received at 4:35 am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, a senior officer from the Delhi Fire Service said.

The fire at the Arpit Palace Hotel has been extinguished, but authorities are still investigating what sparked it, Deputy Police Commissioner Mandeep Singh Randhawa said.

Fire was reported on the third and fourth floor, but the blaze spiralled down as well. "There was wooden panelling in the corridor because of which people couldn't use corridors to evacuate", fire officer Vipin Kental said.

Most of the victims were sleeping when the fire broke out, and it was believed to have been caused by a short circuit, according to media reports.

Karol Bagh, filled with shops and budget hotels, is popular with tourists. Some were injured and have been taken to hospital.

The fire has already raised questions about safety in poorly regulated budget hotels in the country.

As many as 30 fire tenders were pressed to carry out the rescue operation. He added that at least two people jumped out of the building.

Fire fighters searched rooms and toilets to ensure that no one was left trapped, Mishra said.

In 2017, 14 people were killed, also in Mumbai, when a huge blaze tore through a popular restaurant.

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

Delhi Minister Satyendra Jain said, "According to building bylaws, buildings can not be over four-storeys (parking & four storeys) in this area".

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