Fire in Delhi hotel kills 17, raises questions of safety

Fire in Delhi hotel kills 17, raises questions of safety

Fire in Delhi hotel kills 17, raises questions of safety

At least 17 people died and three were injured when a massive fire broke out at a hotel in New Delhi on Tuesday.

G.C. Misra, Delhi fire services director, said the blaze had been brought under control and that 35 people were rescued by firefighters in an operation lasting several hours involving at least 25 fire engines. Fire officials said a call about the fire was received at 4.35 am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

The fire broke out at the Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi, with images showing it engulfing the entire top floor.

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. Some were injured and have been taken to hospital.

"So I have also directed the fire department to inspect such multi-storeyed buildings which have five floors or more and submit a report in a week's time", he said.

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

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A number of hotel guests have been killed, including a child, when they were suffocated in smoke from a severe fire that ripped through a hotel.

In 2017, 14 people were killed, also in Mumbai, when a huge blaze tore through a popular restaurant. "There was a wooden paneling on the corridor because of which people were not able to use corridors to evacuate, therefore two people jumped off the building", Vipin Kental, a fire official said, ANI reported.

Delhi's urban development minister Satyendar Jain said authorities appeared to have been negligent in enforcing building laws in the surrounding area.

Meanwhile, the fire has been doused and bodies of the people are being taken out now from the hospital.

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

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