While investigation is on to find out the cause of the fire, Delhi minister Satyendar Jain told the media that the hotel had clearance only for four floors, but they had made a kitchen and terrace on top of it.
New Delhi: At least 17 people were killed and several others injured after a fire broke out at a hotel in Delhi’s Karol Bagh area early on Tuesday morning. Some persons were seen jumping off the five-storey building to escape the blaze; a woman and a child were killed when they jumped off the window.
Thirty fire engines were rushed to the location to douse the fire that broke out at Hotel Arpit Palace around 4 am. Most of the 150 people in the 65-room hotel were sleeping at the time. However, the cause of the fire is not yet known.
Video taken by eye-witnesses showed huge flames at the terrace of the building. A person is seen dangling from the terrace and then jumping off.
The fire was brought under control around 7 am, and 35 people were rescued.
Those injured were taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Most of the deaths took place due to suffocation, said the police. A child and a woman were among the deceased, they informed.
Vipin Kental, Fire Officer said, “Cause of fire yet to be investigated. 30 fire tenders had rushed to the spot. There was wooden paneling on corridor because of which people couldn’t use corridors to evacuate; 2 persons had jumped off the building.”
After dousing the fire bodies had been taken out now, and rescue operation is underway.
“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 carelessness. Investigation is on. Strict action will be taken against the guilty,” said Delhi minister Satyendar Jain, after visiting the site, and added that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered.