Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Death toll rises to 17 in India hotel fire

Fire at the Hotel Arpit Palace in Delhi India INFERNO A fire destroyed much of a hotel in the Indian city of Delhi
Andrew Cummings | 13 February, 2019, 01:03

Union minister KJ Alphons Tuesday said the emergency exit of the Arpit Palace hotel, where 17 people were killed in a fire that broke out early Tuesday, was "too narrow" and also locked.

The police said in Delhi that Kumar was one of the persons who jumped from the five-storey hotel building in Delhi's Karol Bagh area to escape the fire but succumbed to injuries sustained from the fall. Some were injured and have been taken to hospital.

Fire officer Vijay Paul says 25 fire engines responded to the blaze, which has been extinguished.

Frequent raids by civic authorities to enforce building codes, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures have failed to curb violations in a rapidly expanding city of more than 18 million people.

The cause of the fire is yet to be known, though officials suspect a short circuit might have triggered it.

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"This hotel had been built up to six floors". He said, the investigation is on and prima facie suggests willful negligence on the part of hotel management.

"There was wooden panelling in the corridor because of which people couldn't use corridors to evacuate", fire officer Vipin Kental said.

At 9: 31 am on Tuesday, News Agency ANI tweeted Delhi Hotel Association Vice-President Balan Mani as saying that "It was due to a fire in the ducts, and as a result, it spread to the hotel rooms". Bhupendra Rajput, an eyewitness who helped in rescue operation, said, "We were inside my room at a hotel nearby the incident happened".

"All norms were followed here; license is issued only after inspection". The fire has already been controlled and the cooling process is underway.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was "deeply saddened" by the loss of life in a statement posted on Twitter. "May the injured recover soon". Incumbent Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal or his predecessors have used this "confusing tactics" as and when required.

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