Delhi: 17 Dead In Fire At Hotel In Karol Bagh

Delhi: 17 Dead In Fire At Hotel In Karol Bagh

Delhi: 17 Dead In Fire At Hotel In Karol Bagh

New Delhi: A hotel in National Capital's Karol Bagh area caught fire, claiming the life of 17 people and left several people injured, as reported by news agency ANI.  The Hotel, Arpit Palace was on fire and at least two dozen fire engines were sent to put off the blaze. 

According to the reports, the fire could have been started from short circuit. The hotel staff informed that most of the people who were staying at the hotel, were asleep at the time of the incident. Suffocation has been reported to be the main cause of death.

The eye witnesses recorded videos through their cellphones, which show huge flames crowning the terrace of the white six-storey building. The video also features a person is seen dangling from the terrace and then jumping off.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:


The fire which was reported to be started at 4 am was brought under control, around 7 am. Around thirty five people have been rescued and the injured were taken to nearby hospitals. 

It has been reported that several people in the hotel were tourists from Myanmar. At least 35 rooms were booked by a family who were in the city for a function, news agency IANS reported.

Delhi minister Satyendar Jain, who visited the site, said, "The hotel had clearance only for four floors. They had made a kitchen and terrace on top of it. This is a major case of negligence. Investigation is on. Strict action will be taken against the guilty." He added that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered.

In order to enforce building codes, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures, the National Capital's authorities have frequently launched raids, but these steps have failed to check rampant violations by builders in a rapidly expanding capital city of more than 18 million people.