17 killed as fire hits hotel in New Delhi (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Leroy Wright
February 12, 2019

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.

Prima facie the blaze appears to have caused by a short circuit, the officer added.

In total, around 35 people were evacuated from the hotel during the four-hour-long rescue operation, according to deputy fire chief Virendra Singh. Those injured have been sent to the hospital.

Mr Jain, who visited the Arpit Palace Hotel where the fire broke out in the early hours of the morning, told mediapersons that he has also directed the fire department to inspect buildings which are five floors or more and submit a report on their fire safety compliance within a week.

Guests at the hotel, popular with budget and business travellers, were unable to use corridors to escape because of wooden panelling, according to a fire officer.

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Though there have been several cases of fire in the National Capital but the Karol Bagh hotel tragedy has claimed most lives in recent past. In recent months, officials have shut down a number of shops and restaurants in some of Delhi's most exclusive neighbourhoods for not following fire safety measures. Later, it was renamed as the Vasant Continental.

Last week, a fire broke out in a hospital in a Delhi suburb, forcing emergency evacuation of patients.

The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial probe into the massive fire, its Home Minister Satyendar Jain said. Fire tenders rushed to the spot. The fire had broken out in the dispensary of the state-run Medical College and Hospital on October 3 previous year.

Fire was reported on third and fourth floor, but the blaze spiralled down as well.

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