At Least 17 Killed in Massive Fire at Delhi Hotel

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

At least 17 people died when a fire ripped through a budget hotel in Delhi on Tuesday, prompting authorities to launch a safety check of other buildings in the vicinity.

A BBC report quoting local officials stated that 35 people were rescued.

The fire-fighting operation carried by more than 100 personnel of Delhi's fire department lasted around four hours.

A senior civic official told news agency PTI a suspected short circuit could have sparked the fire.

Police said they were investigating the cause.

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Delhi minister Satyendra Jain told the NDTV news website that the Arpit Palace had built a fifth floor with a kitchen and a terrace, even though the owners only had permission to build four storeys.

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At least 25 fire tenders responded to a call at 4.30 am to conduct rescue operations.

Indian Twitter user Vikas Tripathi, sharing the video, wrote: "Death toll likely to rise as people jumped off the building to save themselves".

"We were sleeping in room number 401 of the hotel when we heard a lot of commotion", said Shrestha, "At first we dismissed it thinking that other guests were calling the hotel staffs for something".

The hotel is located in Karol Bagh, an area in India's capital city full of shops and budget hotels that is popular with tourists.

"There was wood panelling on the corridor because of which people couldn't use corridors to evacuate; two had jumped off the building". Seventeen people have died, a lot of them of suffocation. After visiting the spot, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the victims of the fire.

We will come out with it by today, and fix the responsibility on the hotel owners if there was any laxity on their part, " he added.

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