Karol Bagh fire: Emergency exit of hotel locked, says Union minister Alphons

Delhi fire: Karol Bagh's Hotel Arpit Palace in India goes up in flames | Daily Star

Death toll in Delhi hotel fire rises to 17, questions of safety raised

Fire officer Vipin Kenta said the two people had jumped off the hotel on Gurudwara Road in panic when the fire broke out early on Tuesday.

They said wooden panelling in the corridors of the hotel contributed to the quick spread of the fire. Moreover, the rescue operation is still underway, ANI reported. A woman and child were seen attempting to jump while another man was spotted hanging from a terrace before falling. Those staying in the hotel included a group of tourists from Myanmar, broadcaster NDTV said, adding that authorities were trying to ascertain their whereabouts.

The injured were rushed to three hospitals including the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML). Over 30 people were rescued by firefighters, who managed to contain the blaze after several hours.

The fire has been extinguished, but authorities are letting the building cool in order to investigate what sparked it. Fire services said, two persons have been seriously injured in the incident.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was among the many politicians and officials who visited the spot, announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the next of kin of those killed.

The fire broke out before dawn at the budget Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi.

"When the fire tenders reached the spot, flames were leaping out of the building".

Alphons said he spoke to the mayor and asked him to check whether all regulations were in place and to take immediate action if there was any lapse on the part of the hotel management.

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About three dozen people were rescued, Paul said.

Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire at Karol Bagh in Delhi. The last renewal was done on May 25, 2018 and was valid till March 31.

In recent months, officials have shut down a number of shops and restaurants in some of Delhi's most exclusive neighbourhoods for not following fire safety measures.

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