Delhi: Massive fire breaks out in hotel, 9 die

Delhi: Massive fire breaks out in hotel, 9 die

Delhi: Massive fire breaks out in hotel, 9 die

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.

Delhi hotel fire in Karol Bagh, at least 17 people were killed.

Local media reports said the woman and the child died as they tried to escape by jumping from a window.

After an hours-long operation, firefighters rescued 35 people from the hotel, most of which was engulfed in flames.

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The tragedy comes just two months after six people were killed and more than 100 injured when a fire broke out at a hospital in Mumbai in December.

Three Myanmar citizens staying at the hotel were missing, the NDTV news network reported.

The recuse operation was called off around 9:50 am and cooling process was started.

Fire fighters searched rooms and toilets to ensure that none was left trapped, Mishra said.

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"In 15 minutes, the whole room was black", he said. Gautam Buddh Nagar district magistrate BN Singh had said more than 60 people were inside the hospital when the incident occurred.

Jain, who visited the Arpit Palace Hotel where the fire broke out in the early hours of the morning, 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.

Delhi's urban development minister Satyendar Jain said authorities appeared to have been negligent in enforcing building laws in the surrounding area.

Even though the law limits construction only to four floors, the hotel had a fifth floor, like some other nearby structures, Jain said, adding that a kitchen and dining area on its top floor constituted another violation.

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