At least nine dead in India hotel fire

Lester Mason
February 12, 2019

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.

Rescue and police personnel at the site of a massive blaze at Hotel Arpit Palace on Tuesday, after the fire had been doused.

The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, Cabinet minister Satyendar Jain said.

A call was received at 4.30 a.m. from Arpit Palace Hotel and immediately 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, the officer at the Delhi Fire Department headquarters told IANS. "The two jumped off the building", Kenta said.

More than 20 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and rescue operations were underway, it said.

Frequent raids by civic authorities to enforce building codes, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures have failed to curb violations in a rapidly expanding city of more than 18 million people.

A woman and a child also died in the blaze. A concert by Vishal Dadlani was to take place this evening.

He said they were still investigating what caused the fire. "The status of the staff who jumped is yet to be known". All the 13 taken to RLM hospital have died, of the 5 admitted to Lady Hardinge Hospital, 2 have succumbed to their injuries.

Guests at the hotel, popular with budget and business travellers, were unable to use corridors to escape because of wooden panelling, according to a fire officer. All norms were followed here. "All norms were followed here", Mani said, according to news agency ANI. "Mishappening can occur in a house as well", he added. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was "deeply saddened" by the loss of life in a statement posted on Twitter.

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

A large wedding party had booked out most of the hotel, and most of the victims were sleeping when the fire began. Reportedly, all patients were evacuated safely.

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