17 people including child killed in Delhi hotel fire

12 February, 2019, 16:44 | Author: Carlos George
  • Delhi fire: Karol Bagh's Hotel Arpit Palace in India goes up in flames | Daily Star

An investigation has been launched to find the exact cause of the fire.

"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. "Three people are injured", GC Misra, the director of Delhi Fire Services, told AFP.

According to the fire department, seven men, a woman and child died in the blaze. A concert by Vishal Dadlani was to take place this evening.

Hotel Arpit Palace was the location of the fire in Karol Bagh. The incident was reported around 4:35 am and 22 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

Hotel Arpit Palace is located in Karol Bagh, an area popular with tourists for its budget hotels and shopping.

At least 35 people were injured in the fire, the police said, adding a person was still missing.

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Indian Twitter user Vikas Tripathi, sharing the video, wrote: "Death toll likely to rise as people jumped off the building to save themselves".

The blaze was extinguished in the early hours with the help of at least 25 fire engines, with the top floors being gutted.

The has been doused and the bodies are being taken out of the hotel. "Inside in the rooms, wooden panels were there on the walls", Jain said. 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.

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

In the wake of the deadly incident, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has ordered the cancellation of today evening's celebrations in connection with the completion of four years of the Aam Aadmi government.

"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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