At least 17 dead in New Delhi hotel fire

Posted February 13, 2019

About three dozen people were rescued, Paul said. Bhupendra Rajput, an eyewitness who helped in rescue operation, said, "We were inside my room at a hotel nearby the incident happened".

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He says authorities are still investigating what caused the fire. All norms were followed here. He further said that a license is issued to a hotel only after inspection. "Mishaps can occur in a house as well", he said.

"There was wooden panelling on corridors because of which people could not use corridors to evacuate", another fire officer told reporters.

There were 53 people in the 45-room budget hotel, which had a canopy on the terrace, housing what appeared to be a restaurant. 17 causalities 2 injured.

On 7 February, a fire broke out in Metro Hospitals and Heart Institute in Noida, trapping several people inside the multi-storeyed building.

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Karol Bagh hotel fire: Firefighters at the site.

An FIR was registered under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code.

Ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also swung into skin saving action.

Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire at Karol Bagh in Delhi. "What a rotten system of Governance where all powers rest with LG who has zero accountability".

Four people were injured in the incident.

"He (Kumar) was posted in Delhi for the last almost three years". "The other HPCL employees, however, are safe, " an official said.

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Fires are common across India because of poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations. "The status of the staff who jumped is yet to be known".

Reuters could not immediately reach hotel officials to seek comment.

The fact of the matter is that only around 20% restaurants and hotels in Delhi have the NOC from Fire Department.

The fire broke out before dawn at the budget Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the kin of the deceased.

For example, the MCD runs dispensaries and some hospitals, while the Delhi government runs bigger and more specialised hospitals.

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Mr Kumar was posted as Assistant Commissioner in the GST (Goods and Services Tax) wing of the Revenue Department in Delhi. The Hotel Arpit Palace, has about 65 rooms of which 38 rooms were occupied.