Fatal blaze at Delhi hotel raises fresh safety standards questions

Fatal blaze at Delhi hotel raises fresh safety standards questions

A shocking incident took place in Delhi's Karol Bagh where at least 17 people were killed and several were critically injured in a major fire that broke out on Tuesday, officials said.

Jain, who visited the Arpit Palace Hotel where the fire broke out in the early hours of the morning, 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.

An investigation has been launched to find the exact cause of the fire.

Footage showed flames leaping from the top floor. Thirty-five people were rescued and those injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

Guests at the hotel, popular with budget and business travellers, were unable to use corridors to escape because of wooden panelling, according to a fire officer.

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. "The two jumped off the building", Kenta said.




Deputy fire chief Virenda Singh said that 35 people had been rescued adding: 'Seventeen people are no more, they died because of suffocation, not fire'.

"This hotel had been built up to six floors". Most of the victims were sleeping when the fire broke out, believed to have been caused by a short circuit.

"Buildings can only be constructed up to four floors in Delhi", Delhi's home minister Satyendra Jain told NDTV.

Building regulations and fire safety measures are routinely flouted by builders and incidents of fires are reported nearly every week from across the country.

Rescue and police personnel at the site of a massive blaze at Hotel Arpit Palace on Tuesday, after the fire had been doused.

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