Revenue Service Officer From Haryana Among Victims Of Delhi Hotel Fire

Revenue Service Officer From Haryana Among Victims Of Delhi Hotel Fire

The dead included at least two women and a child who could not escape the leaping flames and thick smoke in Hotel Arpit Palace in the commercial-cum-residential district of Karol Bagh. Most of the people died due to suffocation.

According to the fire officer, the hotel had fire-fighting equipment, but it is not known whether it was functional or not.

Mr Jain said hotel guests tried to flee through the hotel's narrow corridors, panelled in wood.

The fire-fighting operation carried by more than 100 personnel of Delhi's fire department lasted around four hours.

"Our fire station is just nearby and we reached the hotel within six minutes". A license is issued only after inspection.

Unconfirmed reports say the death toll is likely to rise as numerous injured jumped from the burning building to the ground.

Some 100 firefighters and 25 fire engines responded to the fire, which engulfed all but the ground floor of the hotel, fire officer Vijay Paul said.

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Authorities appeared to have been negligent in enforcing building laws in the surrounding area, Delhi's urban development minister Satyendar Jain said.

Of the 13 bodies that were taken to RML hospital, ten were identified - three from Kerala, one from Gujarat, and two from Myanmar.

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief on the incident and offered condolences to the family of those killed.

As the North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor has questioned the fire safety NOC to Arpit Palace Hotel, it is a matter of investigation that out of these 20% how many restaurants and hotels actually fulfill the fire safety requirements in letter and spirit under National Building Code of India.

Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire at Karol Bagh in Delhi. We had booked four rooms in the hotel.

Fire accidents are not uncommon in Indian cities, where builders often flout safety regulations.

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