A major fire swept through a hotel in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh area early on Tuesday killing at least 17 people. The fire broke out at Arpit Palace Hotel located on Gurudwara Road in Karol Bagh in the early hours of the morning, police said.
A senior officer from the Delhi Fire Service said a call about the fire was received at 4.35 am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. A senior Delhi Police official said 17 people were killed in the fire.
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The injured were rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML). The dead includes a child.
A video of the incident showed two people jumping from the fourth floor of the burning building Eyewitnesses says most deaths were caused due to suffocation. They said wooden panelling in the corridors of the hotel contributed to the quick spread of the fire.
Meanwhile, Delhi government has ordered a magisterial probe into the unfortunate incident, Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain said.
Jain, who visited the Arpit Palace Hotel, told reporters that he has also directed the fire department to inspect five floor buildings and submit a report on their fire safety compliance within a week.
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“We have ordered for a magisterial inquiry into the case. Seventeen people have died, most of them of suffocation. Apparently, there were lapses (from the hotel administration’s side) and action will taken against those found guilty,” Jain said.
Generally, four floors are allowed for such establishments, the minister said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives in a massive fire incident in a central Delhi hotel early Tuesday. PM Modi tweeted “Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire at Karol Bagh in Delhi. I convey my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives”.