17 dead, several injured after fire at New Delhi hotel

17 dead, several injured after fire at New Delhi hotel

17 dead, several injured after fire at New Delhi hotel

A fire engulfed a shoddily built budget hotel in central New Delhi early Tuesday, killing 17 people and injuring at least four others, including a woman from Myanmar who leaped from an upper floor to escape the flames, Indian authorities said.

Police spokesman Mandeep Singh Randhawa says at least 4 others were injured in the fire early Tuesday at the Arpit Palace Hotel in the Karol Bagh neighborhood of India's capital city.

The other injured people were also taken to hospitals, but their conditions were not immediately known.

Jain, who visited the Arpit Palace Hotel 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.

Authorities said an electrical short circuit may have started the fire, but added an investigation has just started to look into possible causes. Most people jumped out of the upper floors of the hotel to save their lives. Bhupendra Rajput, an eyewitness who helped in rescue operation, said, "We were inside my room at a hotel nearby the incident happened". There were 53 people in the 45-room hotel, officials said.

Meanwhile, the vice-president of the Delhi Hotel Association Balan Mani told ANI that all fire norms were maintained in the hotel. He further said that a license is issued to a hotel only after inspection.

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. The fire has already been controlled and the cooling process is underway.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths. The first tender that reached the spot did not have adequate water.

Spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj tweeted: "Will Delhi ever see a Commissioner of MCD or Chief of fire being suspended for such huge loss of innocent human lives".

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