On Tuesday early in the morning, at least 17 people were killed as a massive fire broke out at Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh in the New Delhi.
According to the report “35 people were injured in the blaze and have been taken to nearby hospitals. Most of the sixty people in the hotel were sleeping when the fire broke out. ”
The officials said most of the deaths were due to suffocation.
New Delhi Fire services director GC Mishra told the official that “the department received a call about around 4:30 am. The official also said the fire started from the fourth floor of the hotel and spread till the second floor, while the ground floor and basement remained unaffected.”
Thick smoke and huge flames could be seen emanating from the top floor of the 40-room hotel till around 7 am.
GC Mishra told the reporter that the department has received the call late and the fire had already spread, hampering the rescue operations. He said twenty fire tenders were rushed to the spot immediately.
Fire officer Vipin Kental said there was wooden panelling on the corridor, because of which people couldn’t use corridors to evacuate.
According to the official, the causes of the fire is still unknown, but sources said that prima facie it looks to be a short circuit.
The Delhi government has ordered a probe into the incident.
Delhi minister Satyendra Jain, who visited the site, said that “The hotel had clearance only for four floors. They had made a kitchen and terrace on top of it. This is a major case of carelessness. The investigation is on. Strict action will be taken against the guilty.”
Last week, a fire broke out in a hospital in Noida, forcing an emergency evacuation of scores of patients and other people. Nobody was injured.
Four people were killed in November last year in a factory fire in Beadonpura area in Karol Bagh after a solvent used for laundering clothes spilt out on the floor accidentally.