New Delhi: At least 17 people were killed when a massive fire broke out at the Arpit Palace Hotel in Karol Bagh in the national capital early Tuesday morning.
A woman and a child, among the dead, died when they tried to jump from a window, according to reports.
According to the fire department, 35 people were injured in the fire and were taken to nearby hospitals. Most of the sixty people in the hotel were sleeping when the fire started.
Police officers said that most of the deaths were due to suffocation.
Delhi Fire Services Director GC Mishra told News18 that the department received a call about the fire at around 4:30 am. He said the fire started on the fourth floor of the hotel and extended to the second floor, while the ground floor and the basement were not affected.
You could see thick smoke and huge flames emanating from the upper floor of the 40-room hotel until around 7 am.
Mishra said the department received the call late and that the fire had already spread, making rescue operations difficult. He said they rushed to direct twenty fire posts to the place immediately.
Fire officer Vipin Kental said there were wooden panels in the hallway, because people could not use the corridors to evacuate and said two people had to jump out of the building.
The fire is now extinguished, he said, and a cooling operation has begun. At the same time, he said that a search operation was also started to confirm that there are no more people trapped in the hotel.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, but sources said that prima facie appears to be a short circuit. The government of Delhi has ordered an investigation into the incident.
“The hotel only had space for four floors, they made a kitchen and a terrace above, this is an important case of carelessness, the investigation is under way, strict measures will be taken against the guilty,” said Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain, who He visited the site, he said.