17 Dead after Fire Breaks out at Delhi Hotel

Major fire broke out at at Hotel Arpit in Karol Bagh in central Delhi early this morning. Seventeen people have reportedly died in a fire.

At least 20 fire engines are at the spot to douse the fire at Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh area in central Delhi, it reported. Fire broke out on the top two floors of Hotel Arpit Palace around 4 am. Most of the 150 people in the 65-room hotel were sleeping at the time, the staff said. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

“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,” Delhi minister Satyendar Jain, who visited the site, said. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered, he added. Firefighting and rescue operations are underway.

 

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