Delhi Government Orders Investigation Into Hotel Fire

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

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

Last week, a fire broke out in a hotel in a Delhi suburb, forcing the emergency evacuation of patients.

Three people jumped from the blazing structure even as 25 fire tenders rushed to the spot after receiving a call at 4.30 am. All the 13 taken to RLM hospital have died, of the 5 admitted to Lady Hardinge Hospital, 2 have succumbed to their injuries. Thirteen bodies are at the RML Hospital, a senior doctor said. In recent months, officials have shut down a number of shops and restaurants in some of Delhi's most exclusive neighbourhoods for not following fire safety measures. TV reports say that several people tried to save their lives by jumping off from the fourth floor. Most victims died of suffocation, Fire Chief Officer GC Mishra said. The fire has already been controlled and the cooling process is underway.

Authorities appeared to have been negligent in enforcing building laws in the surrounding area, Delhi's urban development minister Satyendar Jain said. As many as 35 people were rescued, NDTV reported.

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. "Apparently, there were lapses (from the hotel administration's side) and action will taken against those found guilty", he said.

"We saw a canopy was put up on the terrace and tables and chairs were laid out".

Fire fighters searched rooms and toilets to ensure that no one was left trapped, Mishra said. "There was a wooden paneling on the corridor because of which people were not able to use corridors to evacuate, therefore two people jumped off the building", Vipin Kental, a fire official said, ANI reported.