New Delhi hotel fire kills 17, including tourists

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

Death toll in Delhi hotel fire rises to 17, questions of safety raised

The medical conditions of the injured were not immediately known.

As many as 30 fire tenders were pressed to carry out the rescue operation. Officials said three persons sustained injuries in the incident.

Delhi Minister Satyendra Jain said, "According to building bylaws, buildings can not be over four-storeys (parking & four storeys) in this area".

A deputy manager of the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) in Visakhapatnam died in the Hotel Arpit Palace fire mishap in Delhi.

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

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"Our fire station is just nearby and we reached the hotel within six minutes".

The area, which houses hundreds of hotels, shops and offices, is packed with tourists and shoppers.

On 7 February, a fire broke out in Metro Hospitals and Heart Institute in Noida, trapping several people inside the multi-storeyed building.

Rescuers had to break windows to evacuate people because wood paneling in the corridors and stairwells fed the flames, said fire official Atul Garg.

But the city is rapidly growing - with more than 18 million people now crowded into the Indian capital - and building violations are nearly impossible to stop.

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The disaster is the latest of its kind in India, where poor health and safety standards - especially in hotels and facilities for the poor - are all too common.

Many commercial establishments in the city lack emergency exits or fire fighting equipment.

"People have to come out of the room and take the staircase but the staircase itself was on fire, so how they will go out?"

Most of the victims - including many from a wedding party - were said to be sleeping when the fire broke out.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that he was deeply saddened by the loss of lives.

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