Seventeen die in Delhi hotel fire

Seventeen die in Delhi hotel fire

Seventeen die in Delhi hotel fire

The fire at the Arpit Palace Hotel has been extinguished, but authorities are still investigating the cause of the blaze, deputy police commissioner Mandeep Singh Randhawa said.

They said wooden panelling in the corridors of the hotel contributed to the quick spread of the fire.

The dead included a woman and a child who tried to escape by jumping from a fifth-floor window of the 65-room hotel in the shopping district of Karol Bagh.

Three of those killed were members of a family who had traveled to India's capital from Kerala in southern India to attend a wedding, family friend Arvind Vishwanathan said outside a hospital mortuary. With the help of hydraulic lifts which we brought along, we could pull out as many as 35 people, " Garg told Xinhua.

Officials said the fire started at around 4.30am local time (11.30pm Monday GMT).

"This hotel had been built up to six floors".

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Jain, who visited the Arpit Palace Hotel told reporters that he has also directed the fire department to inspect buildings which are five floors or more and submit a report on their fire safety compliance within a week.

According to the fire officer, the hotel had fire-fighting equipment, but it is not known whether it was functional or not. The minister said he was sure that there would be violation of norms.

Chand said rescue efforts were delayed because the first fire trucks arrived with manual ladders that weren't tall enough to reach his floor. Strict action will be taken against those found guilty of negligence.

The fire-fighting operation carried by more than 100 personnel of Delhi's fire department lasted around four hours.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the loss of lives and expressed hope that the injured will recover soon.

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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