At least nine dead in India hotel fire

  • At least nine dead in India hotel fire

At least nine dead in India hotel fire

A fire has swept through Arpit Palace Hotel in New Delhi killing at least 17 people, authorities in the Indian capital have said, raising fresh questions about safety standards in the poorly regulated budget accommodation market.

Seventeen people have died in a fire at a hotel in western New Delhi.

G.C. Misra, Delhi fire brigade director, said the blaze had been brought under control and that 35 people were rescued by firefighters in an operation lasting several hours. Most people jumped out of the upper floors of the hotel to save their lives. The basement and ground floor were unaffected.Thirteen seriously injured were sent to the nearby RML Hospital and all were declared dead.

Hotel Arpit Palace is located in Karol Bagh, an area popular with tourists for its budget hotels and shopping.

Dramatic footage from the scene shared on social media showed thick smoke and huge flames pouring out of the 35-room hotel. Ten members of a family from Kerala were also staying at the hotel.

Fire Officer Vipin Kental said, "The cause of the fire yet to be investigated". As many as 250 patients were evacuated from the premises, fire officials had said.

Cooling process is underway and the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, he added.

Jain blamed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for the violation and said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered. Gautam Buddh Nagar district magistrate BN Singh had said more than 60 people were inside the hospital when the incident occurred.

Fire fighters searched rooms and toilets to ensure that no one was left trapped, Mishra said.

"Buildings can only be constructed up to four floors in Delhi", Delhi's home minister Satyendra Jain told NDTV.