17 including child killed in Delhi hotel blaze

Delhi fire: Karol Bagh's Hotel Arpit Palace in India goes up in flames | Daily Star

According to reports, 22 fire tenders were rushed to Hotel Arpit Palace where the fire broke out around 4 am when most people in the hotel were sleeping. The injured have been taken to the hospital, officials said. While two people jumped out of the building due to getting panic. According to the eyewitnesses, many people are still feared trapped inside the hotel.

They said wooden panelling in the corridors of the hotel contributed to the quick spread of the fire.

The recuse operation was called off around 9:50 am and cooling process was started.

Delhi's urban development minister Satyendar Jain said authorities appeared to have been negligent in enforcing building laws in the surrounding area. The fire department will conduct an inquiry into the incident and the Delhi Police has also lodged an FIR against the hotel administration and will further investigate the negligence caused on their part.

But the city is rapidly growing - with more than 18 million people now crowded into the Indian capital - and building violations are nearly impossible to stop.

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The has been doused and the bodies are being taken out of the hotel.

Even though the law limits construction only to four floors, the hotel had a fifth floor, like some other nearby structures, Mr Jain said, adding that the kitchen and dining area on its top floor constituted another violation.

"We saw a canopy was put up on the terrace and tables and chairs were laid out".

"In 15 minutes, the whole room was black", he said.

"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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