At Least 17 Killed in Massive Fire at Delhi Hotel

Fire at the Hotel Arpit Palace in Delhi India

Fire at the Hotel Arpit Palace in Delhi India

Seventeen people were killed and several injured in a massive fire that broke out in Delhi's Karol Bagh area in the early morning hours today.

A fire at a hotel in New Delhi has killed at least 17 people, including a child, according to officials.

The dead included a woman and a child who tried to escape by jumping from a fifth-floor window of the 65-room hotel in the shopping district of Karol Bagh.

A call was recieved at 4.30 am from Karol Bagh's Arpit Palace Hotel and immediately 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, the officer at the Delhi Fire Department headquarters told IANS. While two people jumped out of the building due to getting panic.

Officials said 35 people were rescued.

Meanwhile, the fire has been doused and bodies of the people are being taken out now from the hospital. The fire has already been controlled and the cooling process was underway.

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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.

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

A large wedding party had booked out most of the hotel, and most of the victims were sleeping when the fire began.

Police said they were investigating the cause, and a judicial probe has been ordered into the latest disaster to raise concerns over fire safety in India.

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

"Buildings can only be constructed up to four floors in Delhi", Delhi's home minister Satyendra Jain told NDTV.

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