Over a dozen killed in fire at New Delhi hotel

Over a dozen killed in fire at New Delhi hotel

But the building appeared to have six floors, including a basement and a kitchen built on top of the roof, Jain said. "Mishappening can occur in a house as well", Delhi Hotel Association vice president Balan Mani said, according to ANI, adding, "It was due to fire in ducting because of which it had spread to the hotel rooms".

A call about the fire was received at 4:35 am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, a senior officer from the Delhi Fire Service said.

Fire officials are investigating the blaze that began at the Arpit Palace Hotel in New Delhi, the Times of India reported.

"We have confirmed with hospital authorities, the toll is now 17 including a child", Sunil Choudhary, a fire brigade official, told AFP.

"There was wood panelling on the corridor because of which people couldn't use corridors to evacuate; two had jumped off the building".

A fire accident in a hotel at Delhi's Karol Bagh area has consumed 17 lives.

"They came here from south India to attend a wedding".

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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.

Fire accidents are not uncommon in Indian cities, where builders often flout safety regulations.

Shrestha further said that had the fire truck arrived five minutes late they would have been dead by then.

The hotel comprises of basement, ground floor and four other floors. "It's gross negligence on the part of the officers who allowed the extra floors to be built", he said.

Meanwhile, the fire has been doused and bodies of the people are being taken out now from the hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths. In 2017, 14 people were killed, also in Mumbai, when a huge blaze roared through a popular restaurant.

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