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At least 17 killed and several injured in a fire at Delhi hotel: Reports

NEW DELHI: More than seventeen people died and several others injured in an incident that took place Tuesday morning at a hotel in Delhi’s congested Karol Bagh area. A fire broke out at the hotel which ended many lives including a woman and a child who tried to jump from a window to escape the fire, according to reports.

Following the fire broke out on the fourth and fifth floor of Hotel Arpit Palace, the authorities sent more than two dozen fire engines to the scene at around 4 am. There have been reports that when the fire took place, most of the 150 guests were sleeping in 65 rooms of the hotel. No details have been provided as of now regarding the cause of the fire in the hotel.

Witnesses of the incident recorded the video of the situation on their mobile phones which showed huge flames crowning the terrace of the large, white building. The video also showed a guest jumping off from the terrace to escape from the fire.

Local sources reported that a total of 35 people were rescued from the hotel and the guests who were injured were rushed to the hospital. The fire was brought under control around 7 am, the sources added.

Police interacted with the reporters and briefed that most of the people died due to suffocation caused by the fire. Thirty-five rooms of the hotel were booked by a family who was in the city for a function, and several rooms were booked by the guests who were visiting from Myanmar.

“The hotel had clearance only for four floors. They had made a kitchen and terrace on top of it. This is the major case of carelessness. The investigation is on. Strict action will be taken against the guilty,” Delhi minister Satyendar Jain, who visited the site, said.

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