New Delhi : At least 17 people were killed and several injured after a fire at a hotel in Delhi’s congested Karol Bagh area early this morning. A woman and a child, among those dead, were killed when they tried jumping from a window, reports said.
More than two dozen fire engines were sent to the spot after the fire broke out on the fourth and fifth floor of Hotel Arpit Palace around 4 am. Most of the 150 people in the 65-room hotel were sleeping at the time, the staff said. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
The fire was brought under control around 7 am.
Thirty-five people were rescued and those injured were taken to nearby hospitals.
Most of the deaths took place due to suffocation, the police said.
Karol Bagh, in central Delhi, is popular with budget tourists and lined with hotels and markets.
Authorities in Delhi have frequently launched raids to enforce building codes, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures but these steps have failed to check rampant violations by builders in a rapidly expanding capital city of more than 18 million people.
Last week, a fire broke out in a hospital in neighbouring Noida, forcing emergency evacuation of patients. Nobody was hurt.