Delhi: Massive fire breaks out in hotel, 9 die

Delhi: Massive fire breaks out in hotel, 9 die

Delhi: Massive fire breaks out in hotel, 9 die

At least 17 people died on Tuesday as a fire tore through a budget hotel in Delhi before dawn, in the latest disaster to raise concerns over fire safety in India. A fire department official said some fire extinguishers were found used suggesting people trapped inside tried to douse the fire in a bid to escape.

Delhi Fire Services officials told the Hindustan Times that they received a call at 4.35 am about the fire.

The fire at the Arpit Palace Hotel has been extinguished, but authorities are still investigating what sparked it, Deputy Police Commissioner Mandeep Singh Randhawa said.

An investigation has been launched to find the exact cause of the fire. Most victims died of suffocation, Fire Chief Officer G.C. Mishra said.

The inferno was reported in the early hours of Tuesday, with videos showing the top floors of the building consumed by flames. While 13 bodies were shifted to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital, the remaining four were taken to Lady Hardinge Medical College and BLK Hospital.

The incident raised fresh questions about safety standards in poorly regulated hotels catering to the less affluent. He added that at least two people jumped out of the building.

Building regulations and fire safety measures are routinely flouted by builders and incidents of fires are reported nearly every week from across the country.

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

Fire was reported on third and fourth floor, but the blaze spiralled down as well. He also said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered. Balan Mani, Delhi Hotel Association Vice President said, "It was due to fire in ducting because of which it had spread to the hotel rooms".

"This hotel had been built up to six floors".

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