Delhi hotel fire
Media says, at least 17 people have died in a Delhi hotel fire that broke out early on Tuesday morning.
According to the eyewitnesses, the dead included a woman and a child who attempted to jump from a window to safety.
Officials said 35 people were rescued. Some were injured and have been taken to hospital.
Hotel Arpit Palace is located in Karol Bagh, an area popular with tourists for its budget hotels and shopping.
Videos recorded by eyewitnesses show people jumping from the building – in one of them, a man can be seen hanging on to the side of the building before he jumps off.
Firefighter Vipin Kenta told media, “There was wooden paneling in the corridor, because of which people couldn’t use the corridors to leave the hotel.
Vipin Kenta said they were still investigating what caused the fire. Local media reported that most of the deaths were caused by suffocation.
Narendra Modi India’s Prime Minister has tweeted his condolences.
Fire accidents are not uncommon in Indian cities, where builders often disobey safety regulations.
Many structures both old and new have not sufficient fire exits. The officials have shut down a number of shops and restaurant?ts in some of Delhi’s most exclusive neighborhoods for not following fire safety measures, in recent months.
Commercial buildings’ owners have also been known to construct extra floors without the essential permissions.
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