Delhi: 17 killed as massive fire breaks out at hotel in Karol Bagh

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Child Among 17 Killed In Fire At Delhi Hotel, 2 Jumped From Terrace. The fire broke out on the top floor of Hotel Arpit Palace in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh, an area popular with tourists.

At least 17 people including a child lost their lives in a massive fire that broke out in a Karol Bagh hotel in central Delhi in the early hours of Tuesday. Officials said three persons sustained injuries in the incident.

Those injured were taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Most of the deaths took place due to suffocation, the police said.

According to reports, the fire broke out at Hotel Arpit Palace on the Gurudwara Road in Karol Bagh around 4 am.

As many as 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, and at least 35 people were rescued from the five-storey building, it is learnt.

Most people staying in the hotel were sleeping when the fire broke out. Eyewitnesses said several people jumped out of the upper floors to save their lives.

Videos recorded on their cell phones by the eyewitnesses showed flames emanating out of the top floors of the hotel building.

Delhi Hotel Association Vice President Balan Mani told news agency ANI that all safety norms were followed in the hotel adding that the accident occurred due to fire in ducting because of which it had spread to the hotel rooms. He further said that a license is issued to a hotel only after inspection.

The blaze was brought under control around 7 am. At the time of writing, the fire had been extinguished, and a cooling operation launched.

Last week, a fire broke out in a hospital in a Delhi suburb, forcing emergency evacuation of patients. Nobody was hurt.