Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Keralite woman among 17 killed in Delhi hotel blaze

Fire at the Hotel Arpit Palace in Delhi India INFERNO A fire destroyed much of a hotel in the Indian city of Delhi
Kenny Thornton | 12 February, 2019, 11:55

The fire, which killed at least 17 people, initially broke out in the second floor of the building, a North Delhi Municipal Corporation official said. Among the dead were a woman and a child who tried to escape by jumping from a window, the Indian Express said.

A wedding party had booked a large part of the 35-room hotel and most of the victims were sleeping when the fire broke out, news agency Reuters said.

Cooling process is underway and the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, he added.

"The fire has been doused", Deputy Chief Fire Officer Sunil Choudhary said earlier "The bodies are being taken out now".

Television showed pictures of flames leaping from the top floor. Some were injured and have been taken to hospital.

Fire was reported on third and fourth floor, but the blaze spiralled down as well.

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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. It was extinguished after a three-hour operation, with 35 people rescued.

Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain later visited the site, ordered a magisterial inquiry after spotting building violations and asked the fire department to inspect similar buildings in the area.

Building regulations and fire safety measures are routinely flouted by builders and incidents of fires are reported nearly every week from across the country. "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.

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

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

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