Over a dozen killed in fire at New Delhi hotel

Feb 13, 2019, 00:58
Over a dozen killed in fire at New Delhi hotel

While 13 bodies were shifted to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital, the remaining four were taken to Lady Hardinge Medical College and BLK Hospital.

It was extinguished after a three-hour operation, with 35 people rescued. As it stands, the fire has claimed lives of 17 people with nine injured and the toll could rise.

A call about the fire was received at 4.35am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, a senior officer from the Delhi Fire Service said.

Satyendar Jain, Delhi's urban development minister said that the hotel will be investigated for building code violations.

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While numerous victims were charred to death or suffocated in the poisonous fumes, at least three people were killed when they reportedly jumped off the building in desperate attempts to escape the blaze.

Videos recorded on their cell phones by the eyewitnesses showed flames emanating out of the top floors of the hotel building.

Delhi Hotel Association Vice President Balan Mani told news agency ANI that all safety norms were followed in the hotel adding that the accident occurred due to fire in ducting because of which it had spread to the hotel rooms. Two hotel staff members had jumped from the fourth floor of the hotel in an attempt to save themselves.

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

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At least 17 people are dead as a result of the blaze overnight in New Delhi, India.

Fires are common across India because of poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations.

Many structures, both old and new, lack proper fire exits.

In December, eight people were killed when a fire engulfed a hospital in Mumbai.

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Delhi minister Satyendra Jain said the district magistrate has ordered an inquiry into the fire incident.

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