Seventeen killed in massive fire at hotel in Karol Bagh, magisterial inquiry ordered

As many as 35 people were rescued from the blaze, which was brought under control by 7.30 am.

Delhi: Seventeen killed in massive fire at hotel in Karol Bagh, magisterial inquiry ordered

A short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the fire that broke out at Hotel Arpit Palace in New Delhi’s Karol Bagh area in the early hours of Tuesday, PTI reported. At least 17 people, including a child, were killed and three were wounded in the fire.

Delhi Hotel Association Vice President Balan Mani claimed that the fire started in the ducting, spreading quickly to hotel rooms,Β ANIΒ reported. β€œAll norms were followed here and licence was issued only after inspection,” he added. β€œMishaps can occur in a house as well.”

An unidentified civic body official told the news agency that the fire began on the second floor of the hotel around 3.30 am. The fire department reportedly received the call at 4.35 am and deployed 24 fire tenders to douse the blaze. Rescue operations continued till late in the morning, with the injured being taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. As many as 35 people were rescued,Β NDTVΒ reported.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was saddened by the loss of lives. β€œI convey my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives,” he tweeted. β€œMay the injured recover soon.”

Delhi Chief MinisterΒ Arvind KejriwalΒ announced Rs 5-lakh compensation for the victims’ families, PTI reported. His deputyΒ Manish SisodiaΒ expressed condolences and announced that an event organised by the government in which musicianΒ Vishal DadlaniΒ was scheduled to perform had been cancelled. Dadlani said the concert has been rescheduled and β€œalternate dates will be announced”.

The fire was brought under control by 7.30 am, and cooling operations began at 8 am,Β The Times of IndiaΒ reported. The police have filed a first information report and are investigating if the hotel management had been negligent. The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, Cabinet minister Satyendar Jain said after visiting the hotel.

Delhi Fire Services and Delhi police personnel stand outside Hotel Arpit Palace after the fire was extinguished. (Photo credit: AFP)

Rescue and police personnel at the site of a massive blaze at Hotel Arpit Palace on Tuesday, after the fire had been doused. (Photo credit: AFP)

The brother of a hotel staff member who died in the fire outside a mortuary at Lady Hardinge Hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Photo credit: AFP)


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