Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Fire in Delhi hotel kills 17, raises questions of safety

Fire in Delhi hotel kills 17, raises questions of safety

At least 17 people are dead as a result of the blaze overnight in New Delhi, India.

A woman and a child died after they tried jumping from a window of the building.

A call was recieved at 4.30 am from Karol Bagh's Arpit Palace Hotel and immediately 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, the officer at the Delhi Fire Department headquarters told IANS.

At least 35 others were rescued from the six-storeyed building, while three jumped off the upper floors of the hotel in Karol Bagh to save their lives. Several fire tenders were sent to the spot.Rescue operations continued till late in the morning.

Thirty-five people were rescued and those injured were taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

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

Delhi Fire Services chief Atul Garg said the death toll could further rise.

A wedding party had booked a large part of the 35-room hotel.

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

"There was wooden panelling in the corridor because of which people couldn't use the corridors to leave the hotel", firefighter Vipin Kenta told the Hindustan Times newspaper.

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

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

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

Generally, four floors are allowed for such establishments, the minister said.

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