Karol Bagh: Seventeen die in Delhi hotel fire
February 13, 2019 5:19 am
At least 17 people have died in a Delhi hotel fire that broke out early on Tuesday morning, police said.
Eyewitnesses said the dead included a woman and a child who attempted to jump from a window to safety.
Officials said 35 people were rescued. Some were injured and have been taken to hospital.
Hotel Arpit Palace is located in Karol Bagh, an area popular with tourists for its budget hotels and shopping.
At least two of those killed were Buddhist pilgrims from Myanmar (Burma), the country’s embassy in Delhi confirmed. A number of Indian guests also died.
Videos recorded by eyewitnesses show people jumping from the building – in one of them, a man can be seen hanging on to the side of the building before he jumps off.
“There was wooden panelling in the corridor, because of which people couldn’t use the corridors to leave the hotel,” firefighter Vipin Kenta told the Hindustan Times newspaper.
He said they were still investigating what caused the fire. Local media reported that most of the deaths were caused by suffocation.