A major fire broke out at a hotel in New Delhi’s Karol Bagh area today morning, killing at least 17 people. Television news channels said a woman and a child were among the dead, who tried to escape by jumping from a window of the hotel located in the busy shopping area of the Capital.
Fire officer Vipin Kenta said the two people had jumped off the Hotel Arpit Palace on Gurudwara Road out of panic when the fire broke out. “There was wood panelling on the corridor because of which people couldn’t use the corridors to get out. The two jumped off the building,” he said.
A wedding party had booked a large part of the 35-room hotel and most of the victims were sleeping when the fire broke out, believed to have been caused by a short circuit. Delhi Fire Service officials said they received a call at 4:35am about the fire at Hotel Arpit Palace on Gurudwara Road of Karol Bagh area.
According to deputy chief fire officer Sunil Choudhary, 26 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Choudhary said as many as 35 people have been rescued from the blaze. Last week, a fire broke out in a hospital in Noida, forcing an emergency evacuation of scores of patients and other people. Nobody was injured.