17 killed as fire breaks out at India hotel

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

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

The fire has been extinguished, but authorities are letting the building cool in order to investigate what sparked it.

According to the fire officer, the hotel had fire-fighting equipment, but it is not known whether it was functional or not.

Twenty-five fire engines responded to the blaze.

Four people were injured in the incident.

As many as 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, and at least 35 people were rescued from the five-storey building, it is learnt.

Building regulations and fire safety measures are routinely flouted by builders and incidents of fires are reported nearly every week from across the country. Those staying in the hotel included a group of tourists from Myanmar, broadcaster NDTV said, adding that authorities were trying to ascertain their whereabouts.

Three members of an extended family were among the dead.

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Mr Jain said hotel guests tried to flee through the hotel's narrow corridors, panelled in wood.

Many commercial establishments in the city lack emergency exits or fire fighting equipment. We believe that the elderly lady was in the toilet when electricity went off and when the trio came out to check, they realised that something was amiss.

Fire disasters are particularly frequent in Mumbai, India's financial capital where millions live in cramped and dilapidated properties because of high rents.

Four people were killed and one person was injured after a fire broke out at a factory in central Delhi's Karol Bagh. "The two jumped off the building", Kenta said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives."Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire at Karol Bagh in Delhi".

In 2017, 14 people were killed, also in Mumbai, when a huge blaze tore through a popular restaurant.

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