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17 killed as fire hits hotel in New Delhi (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

12 February 2019

A fire at a hotel in Delhi's Karol Bagh's area killed 17 people on Tuesday morning.

The fire, which killed at least 17 people, initially broke out in the second floor of the building, a North Delhi Municipal Corporation official said. "Three people are injured", GC Misra, the director of Delhi Fire Services, told AFP.

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

"So I have also directed the fire department to inspect such multi-storeyed buildings which have five floors or more and submit a report in a week's time", he said.

Paul says 35 people were rescued from the hotel. While 13 bodies were shifted to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital, the remaining four were taken to Lady Hardinge Medical College and BLK Hospital.

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

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.

The disaster is the latest of its kind in India, where poor health and safety standards - especially in hotels and facilities for the poor - are all too common.

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

Four people were killed in November previous year in a factory fire in Beadonpura area in Karol Bagh after a solvent used for laundering clothes spilt out on the floor accidentally. He also said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government canceled its 4th anniversary celebration on Tuesday due to the fire, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia announced.

17 killed as fire hits hotel in New Delhi (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)