At least nine dead in India hotel fire

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 12, 2019

The blaze torched the Hotel Arpit Palace in the Karol Bagh neighbourhood in central Delhi.

Virendra Singh, deputy fire chief, said 35 people had been rescued from the hotel located in the shopping district of Karol Bagh. Bodies are being taken out now.

The hotel has a basement, a ground floor and four other floors and the fire was reported on third and fourth floors but the blaze spiralled down as well.

According to reports, 27 fire tenders have been pressed into action. The dead include a mother a child. Most of the guests died of suffocation. Some members of the hotel staff, jumped off the building to save themselves and were rushed to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. In 1986, a major fire broke out in Siddharth Hotel in Vasant Vihar.

Six people were also injured, they said. Owned by Jaypee Group, the hotel was a 10-storey luxury hotel in the 1980.

Last week, a massive fire had broken out at the prominent Metro Hospitals and Heart Institute in Noida's Sector-12. The fire department will conduct an inquiry into the incident and the Delhi Police has also lodged an FIR against the hotel administration and will further investigate the negligence caused on their part. "There was wooden panelling in the corridor because of which people couldn't use corridors to evacuate", fire officer Vipin Kental said. Ten fire tenders were rushed to the site, the officials said. The fire had broken out in the dispensary of the state-run Medical College and Hospital on October 3 past year. In recent months, officials have shut down a number of shops and restaurants in some of Delhi's most exclusive neighbourhoods for not following fire safety measures.

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