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17 killed in massive fire at New Delhi hotel

13 February 2019

17 people have died in a fire at a hotel in western New Delhi.

The police said in Delhi that Kumar was one of the persons who jumped from the five-storey hotel building in Delhi's Karol Bagh area to escape the fire but succumbed to injuries sustained from the fall.

The injured were taken to local hospitals, but their medical conditions were not immediately known.

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.

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Home Minister Satyendar Jain said he has also directed the fire department to inspect buildings which are five floors or more and submit a report on their fire safety compliance within a week.

The fire-fighting operation carried by more than 100 personnel of Delhi's fire department lasted around four hours.

Mandeep Singh Randhawa, deputy police commissioner, said authorities are still investigating what sparked the fire. While two people jumped out of the building due to getting panic. We recovered only two dead bodies from the corridors and the rest 15 from inside the rooms where there was no fire.

It is estimated around 120 people were inside the hotel - built around 25 years ago - when the fire started.

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Activists say builders and landlords often cut corners on safety to save costs and have accused civic authorities of negligence and apathy. The blaze was brought under control by 7:30 am. He further said that a license is issued to a hotel only after inspection.

Mr Jain said hotel guests tried to flee through the hotel's narrow corridors, panelled in wood. The fire has already been controlled and the cooling process is underway. The first tender that reached the spot did not have adequate water.

Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire at Karol Bagh in Delhi.

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

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17 killed in massive fire at New Delhi hotel