Two Telugus among 17 people killed in Delhi blaze

Delhi fire: Karol Bagh's Hotel Arpit Palace in India goes up in flames | Daily Star

Delhi minister Satyendra Jain told the NDTV news website that the Arpit Palace had built a fifth floor with a kitchen and a terrace, even though the owners only had permission to build four storeys.

The fire was doused around 7 am, however, the rescue operation went on for four hours and the firefighters and Delhi police officials were able to rescue 35 people.

Authorities said an electrical short circuit may have started the fire, but added an investigation has just started to look into possible causes.

Among those injured was a woman from Burma who sustained spinal injuries after jumping from an upper floor, according to Deputy Fire Chief Sunil Choudhary. If most of the victims died due to suffocation, three of them lost their lives when they tried to jump off the building. Two staffers of hotel Arpit Palace also died.

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According to the fire department, they received a call at around 4.35 am about the incident following which 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.It took almost four hours for them to douse the fire that had swept through all the floors of the five-storey building which had a terrace kitchen in violation of rules.

Negligence by safety enforcement officials is also being blamed for the incident. The Union tourism minister said there were a lot of wooden structures inside, which may have helped the fire spread. All norms were followed here. "We were at the second floor of the hotel", he said. "Mishaps can occur in a house as well", he said.

In December, eight people were killed when a fire engulfed a hospital in Mumbai.

Scores of patients and staff at Noida's Metro Hospital and Heart Institute had to be evacuated after a major fire.

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