17 Killed in Fire at Karol Bagh Hotel

The Fire at 4 AM was Yamdoot for the Karol Bagh Hotel. Guests were sleeping at that time and now they had slept for  the whole life.

The morning of the Tuesday was not lucky for few in Karol Bagh  Hotel Arpit. The Karol Bagh is the congested area and due to the congested roads it was not possible for the guests to run away from the fire. There were 17 people reported caught in the fatal fire.

Some of the victims were charred to death and others suffocated in the poisonous fumes. A woman and a child were killed when they jumped off the fifth floor to escape the blaze, The people gathered outside on the road added.

Hotel staff said there were nearly 150 people inside the hotel built around 25 years ago. A group of eight from Myanmar were staying at the hotel; three of them including two women were killed and one was injured.

Videos recorded by witnesses showed thick smoke and flames crowning the terrace of the six storey Hoptel Arpit palace   after the fire broke out at around 4 am. A person was seen dangling from the terrace and then jumping off.  Police reported the death of the person in the fire.

The fire could have started because of a short circuit, as per the people gathered there are talking . Guests at the hotel that is popular with budget and business travelers , were unable to use corridors to escape because of wooden paneling according to a fire officer. The hotel didn't have proper fire escapes.

The fire was brought under control around 7AM by more than two dozen fire engines. Thirty-five people were rescued and those injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who visited the location, said  a magisterial inquiry had been ordered that will also look into violations by other hotels in the area.

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