Massive Fire Breaks Out At Hotel In Delhi's Karol Bagh, 17 Killed

| February 12 , 2019 , 11:59 IST

A massive fire broke out at a central Delhi hotel on Tuesday morning, killing at least 17 people.

"We have confirmed with hospital authorities, the number of deaths has risen to 17, including a child," Sunil Choudhary, a fire department official, told news agency AFP.

The fire broke out at the Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi's Karol Bagh. More than two dozen fire engines were sent to the spot after the fire broke out on the top two floors of Hotel.

The woman and the child died as they tried to escape by jumping from a window. Thirty-five people were rescued and those injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

Most of the deaths took place due to suffocation, the police said.

Several people in the hotel were from Myanmar. At least 35 rooms were booked by a family who were in the city for a function, news agency IANS reported.

GC Misra, Delhi fire brigade director, said the blaze had been brought under control and that 35 people were rescued by firefighters in an operation lasting several hours.

"There was wooden panelling on corridors because of which people could not use corridors to evacuate," said another fire officer.

Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain later visited the site, ordered a magisterial inquiry after spotting building violations and asked the fire department to inspect similar buildings in the area.