Seventeen die in Delhi hotel fire

Locals and police on the scene at the hotel where a fire broke out in New Delhi India 12 February 2019

Delhi fire: Karol Bagh's Hotel Arpit Palace in India goes up in flames | Daily Star

The minister, who visited the site of the tragedy in central Delhi's Karol Bagh locality, said he was sure that there would be a violation of norms.

January 20, 2018: At least 10 women and seven men were charred to death in a fire that broke out in a firecracker unit in northwest Delhi's Bawana industrial area. At least 35 people were injured in the blaze, said Madhur Verma, deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi), adding that one person was still missing.

The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial probe into the matter, home minister Satyendar Jain said. Those injured have been sent to hospital.

The fire has been extinguished, but authorities are letting the building cool in order to investigate what sparked it.

A senior Delhi Police official said 17 people were killed in the fire.

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

Hotel Arpit Palace is located in Karol Bagh, an area popular with tourists for its budget hotels and shopping.

They said wooden panelling in the corridors of the hotel contributed to the quick spread of the fire.

According to the fire officer, the hotel had fire-fighting equipment, but it is not known whether it was functional or not. "A license is issued only after inspection", Mani said.

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

On 7 February, a fire broke out in Metro Hospitals and Heart Institute in Noida, trapping several people inside the multi-storeyed building. Reportedly, all patients were evacuated safely. No casualty was reported in the incident, PTI reported.

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