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Fire in Delhi hotel kills 17, raises questions of safety

12 February 2019

At least 17 people died when a fire ripped through a budget hotel in Delhi on Tuesday (Feb 12), with victims including a woman and a child who reportedly jumped from a window to escape the blaze.

However, fire tenders were rushed to the place after Delhi Fire Service officials said they received a call at 4:35 am about the fire at Hotel Arpit Palace on Gurudwara Road of Karol Bagh area.

At least 35 others were rescued from the six-storeyed building, while three jumped off the upper floors of the hotel in Karol Bagh to save their lives.

A total of 27 fire tenders were sent to the spot and search operation is underway at the hotel.

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

Images and videos posted on social media showed thick smoke and flames billowing out of the top floor of the hotel. A short circuit is said to be the reason behind the fire, it added.

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The fire has already raised questions about safety in poorly regulated budget hotels in the country.

Last week, a fire broke out in a hospital in Noida, forcing an emergency evacuation of scores of patients and other people.

Delhi: Fire breaks out in Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh. It is estimated some 120 people were inside the building, built around 25 years ago, according to the hotel's website.

Unconfirmed reports say the death toll is likely to rise as numerous injured jumped from the burning building to the ground.

The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial probe into the matter, home minister Satyendar Jain said.

Generally, four floors are allowed for such establishments, the minister said. "Inside in the rooms, wooden panels were there on the walls", Jain said.

Fire in Delhi hotel kills 17, raises questions of safety