Saturday, 23 February, 2019

17 people including children killed in Delhi's Karol Bagh hotel fire

Delhi fire: Karol Bagh's Hotel Arpit Palace in India goes up in flames | Daily Star Death toll in Delhi hotel fire rises to 17, questions of safety raised
Melinda Barton | 12 February, 2019, 10:09

Delhi Hotel and Restaurant Owners' Association's vice-president Balan Mani said on Tuesday that all rules and regulations were followed in Karol Bagh's Hotel Arpit Palace, where at least 17 people were killed in a blaze. A woman and a child, among those dead, were killed when they tried jumping from a window, reports said. While two people jumped out of the building due to getting panic. Most victims died of suffocation, Fire Chief Officer G.C. Mishra said.

The injured were rushed to three hospitals including the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML).

Images and videos posted on social media showed thick smoke and flames billowing out of the top floor of the hotel. Those staying in the hotel included a group of tourists from Myanmar, broadcaster NDTV said, adding that authorities were trying to ascertain their whereabouts.

"Cause of the fire is yet to be investigated".

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

The fire has already raised questions about safety in poorly regulated budget hotels in the country.

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

In December, six people were killed when a fire engulfed a hospital in Mumbai, the capital of western Maharashtra state.

Frequent raids by civic authorities to enforce building codes, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures in New Delhi have failed to curb violations in this rapidly expanding city of more than 18 million people.

"We have to check the stability of the structure, check every room", Deputy Police Commissioner Mandeep Singh Randhawa said.

The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial probe into the matter, home minister Satyendar Jain said.