Delhi hotel fire kills 17

Delhi hotel fire kills 17

Delhi hotel fire kills 17

G.C. Misra, Delhi fire services director, said the blaze had been brought under control and that 35 people were rescued by firefighters in an operation lasting several hours involving at least 25 fire engines.

Fire brigade and police officials said the death toll had risen from nine to at least 17 people, with four others sustaining injuries.

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.

Mandeep Singh Randhawa, deputy police commissioner, said authorities are still investigating what sparked the fire.

Footage showed flames leaping from the top floor.

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

Authorities in Delhi have frequently launched raids to enforce building codes, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures but these steps have failed to check rampant violations by builders in a rapidly expanding capital city of more than 18 million people.

The fire broke out at Arpit Palace Hotel located on Gurudwara Road in Karol Bagh.

The disaster is the latest of its kind in India, where poor health and safety standards - especially in hotels and facilities for the poor - are all too common.

A number of hotel guests have been killed, including a child, when they were suffocated in smoke from a severe fire that ripped through a hotel.

"As per information gathered from the site, it reveals that fire broke out in the second floor at around 3.30am on February 12 due to short-circuit", the official said. He also said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered.

More than 20 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and rescue operations were underway, it said. Bodies are being taken out now.

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