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17 killed in massive fire at New Delhi hotel

Fire at the Hotel Arpit Palace in Delhi India INFERNO A fire destroyed much of a hotel in the Indian city of Delhi
Jeannette Daniel | 12 February, 2019, 10:10

At least 17 people, including a child, died and three were wounded in a massive fire at Hotel Arpit Palace in Delhi's Karol Bagh area on Tuesday morning.

At least 17 people died on Tuesday as a fire tore through a budget hotel in Delhi before dawn, in the latest disaster to raise concerns over fire safety in 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. Two hotel staff members had jumped from the fourth floor of the hotel in an attempt to save themselves.

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

A wedding party had booked a large part of the 35-room hotel. Seventeen people have died, a lot of them of suffocation. The fire has already been controlled and the cooling process is underway.

"There was wooden panelling on corridors because of which people could not use corridors to evacuate", another fire officer told reporters.

Delhi Fire Services chief Atul Garg said the death toll could further rise.

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The blaze was reported from Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh, which has now been doused.

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

Generally, four floors are allowed for such establishments, the minister said.

"We have to check the stability of the structure, check every room", Deputy Police Commissioner Mandeep Singh Randhawa said.

"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.

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