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17 killed at Karol Bagh hotel fire in India’s Delhi

17 killed at Karol Bagh hotel fire in India’s Delhi

Those injured were taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Most of the deaths took place due to suffocation, the police said.

 

As many as 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, and at least 35 people were rescued from the five-storey building, it is learnt.

 

Most people staying in the hotel were sleeping when the fire broke out. Eyewitnesses said several people jumped out of the upper floors to save their lives.

Videos recorded on their cell phones by the eyewitnesses showed flames emanating out of the top floors of the hotel building.

 

A call was received at 4.30 am from Karol Bagh’s Arpit Palace Hotel and immediately 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, IANS quoted an officer of the Delhi fire department as saying.

 

Delhi Hotel Association Vice President Balan Mani told news agency ANI that all safety norms were followed in the hotel adding that the accident occurred due to fire in ducting because of which it had spread to the hotel rooms. He further said that a license is issued to a hotel only after inspection.

 

The blaze was brought under control around 7 am. At the time of writing, the fire had been extinguished, and a cooling operation launched.

 

The exact cause of the fire is not known yet.

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