17 killed as Delhi hotel turns furnace for inmates

12 February 2019 11:47 India Desk

A Delhi hotel turned a furnace for its inmates on Wednesday early morning as a massive fire swept through the multi-storeyed building killing at least 17 people, including a child.

The blaze broke out in the Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh, a locality known for reasonable accommodation for those arriving in the capital that is just five kilometres away from Connaught Place, at around 4.30 am and was doused at 7 am. By then it had taken away the lives of at least 17, fire brigade official.

A short circuit is suspected to be the reason behind the fire that broke out in fourth floor, which spread to the second and third floors. The first and ground floors were unaffected. Most of the victims were sleeping when the fire broke out and many of them were trapped inside their rooms. According to police, the victims died due to suffocation.

Twenty-six fire tenders were rushed to the hotel where some of the inmates were trapped inside the hotel. As the fire started, eye-witnesses claimed some of the inmates jumped from the terrace.

A woman and child died when they attempted to jump from the terrace.

A woman and child died when they attempted to jump from a window to escape the fire, eye-witnesses said. Video recorded on mobile phones showed plumes of smoke engulfing the building.

Fire Brigade officials said around three dozen people were rescued from the hotel and taken to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for treatment.

Rescue officials were seen taking out unconscious inmates from inside the hotel. A senior fire officer at the spot said there was wooden paneling in the corridor because of which people could not use corridors to evacuate.

Delhi Hotel Association Vice President Balan Mani said there was fire in ducting because of which it had spread to the hotel rooms. He claimed all norms were followed here and license is issued only after inspection. "Mishappening can occur in a house as well.

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