17 killed in fire at Delhi's Karol Bagh hotel

17 killed in fire at Delhi's Karol Bagh hotel

17 killed in fire at Delhi's Karol Bagh hotel

In recent months, officials have shut down a number of shops and restaurants in some of Delhi's most exclusive neighbourhoods for not following fire safety measures.

Delhi health minister Satyendra Kumar Jain has declared the blaze at Hotel Arpit Palace as a case of negligence, saying that the hotel had flouted rules by being allowed to build six floors instead of the six constructed.

Eyewitnesses said the dead included a woman and a child who attempted to jump from a window to safety.

"Obviously, even if people came to the emergency exit, they could not have escaped as it was too narrow and it was locked anyway", he said. Those injured have been sent to hospital.

"Seventeen people are no more, they died because of suffocation, not fire", said deputy fire chief Virendra Singh, adding that 35 people had been rescued.

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Most of the victims - including many from a wedding party - were said to be sleeping when the fire broke out.

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

Hotel Arpit Palace is located in Karol Bagh, an area popular with tourists for its budget hotels and shopping. Choudhary said 26 fire tenders were sent to the spot. "It was due to fire in ducting because of which it spread to the hotel rooms. We were at the second floor of the hotel", he said.

Four people were killed and one person was injured after a fire broke out at a factory in central Delhi's Karol Bagh. No casualty was reported in the incident, PTI reported.

Scores of patients and staff at Noida's Metro Hospital and Heart Institute had to be evacuated after a major fire.

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