A major fire mishap broke in the early hours around 4 AM on Tuesday in the 6-storeyed Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh in Delhi killing 17 people.
Around 25 fire fighter engines rushed to the spot to douse the raging flames. As per reports, fire had engulfed the fourth and fifth floor and the flames were seen on the roof early in the morning.
An investigation is underway and the exact cause of fire is yet to be determined. The District Magistrate has ordered an enquiry.
Most of the people in the hotel were asleep during the fire mishap. Around 35 people were rescued from the raging fire. Atleast 150 people along with hotel staff were present during the fire accident.
The injured persons were taken to a private hospital.
The vice president of Delhi Hotel Association stated all fire safety measures were at place irrespective of the mishap. He said, “It was due to fire in ducting because of which it spread to the hotel rooms. All norms were followed here. License is issued only after inspection.”
The police reached the spot and reported most deaths were caused to asphyxiation. As per eyewitnesses, a woman and child were also killed trying to save themselves from the smoke by jumping out of the window.
Also a person was seen on the roof and he jumped from the terrace.
The fire was brought to control around 7 AM.
Delhi minister Satyendra Jain said, “The hotel had clearance only for four floors. They had made a kitchen and terrace on top of it. This is a major case of carelessness. Investigation is on. Strict action will be taken against the guilty.”
The Prime Minister was “saddened” about the loss in the incident and tweeted, “I convey my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. May the injured recover soon.”