At least seventeen people were killed in a fire at Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh, New Delhi, India early Tuesday morning. Many of the victims were sleeping in the hotel.
Hotel staff told media agencies that there were nearly 150 people inside the hotel. A group of tourists from Myanmar was also staying at the six-storey hotel.
Some of the victims were burned to death while others died from getting suffocated in the poisonous fumes. A woman and a child, meanwhile, were killed after jumping off the fifth floor to escape the blaze.
Videos recorded by eyewitnesses shows thick smoke and flames crowning the hotel's terrace after the fire broke out at approx. 4 am on Tuesday, February 11.
We can a person dangling from the terrace and then jumping off from it in the video obtained. Hotel Arpit Palace, which was built around 25 years ago, didn't have proper fire escapes.
Delhi minister Satyendar Jain told NDTV, "There is a clear case of negligence here".
Investigators are trying to find out what caused the fire at the hotel. However, some reports claim that the blaze started because of a short-circuit.
According to a fire officer, guests at the hotel were not able to use corridors to escape because of wooden paneling.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind shared tweets to react on the tragic incident.
Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire at Karol Bagh in Delhi.
I convey my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.
May the injured recover soon: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 12, 2019
Very sad to learn about the loss of lives in the tragic fire accident in Karol Bagh, Delhi. Heartfelt condolences to bereaved families and wishing an early recovery to those injured #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) February 12, 2019
Delhi Government has announced to give Rs. 5 Lakh compensation to families of the 17 people killed in the fire.
Karol Bagh fire news comes one week after nine coaches of a New Delhi-bound train derailed in Bihar, leaving seven people dead and 29 passengers injured.
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