NEW DELHI: At least 17 people were killed as a massive fire which broke out at a hotel in central Delhi's Karol Bagh area on Tuesday.
The fire broke out at Arpit Palace Hotel located on Gurudwara Road in Karol Bagh.
The fire service and police officials pulled out around 50 people from the hotel in a four-hour long rescue operation.
“17 people were killed in the fire”, a senior Delhi Police official said.
“We received a call regarding the fire accident at 4.35 am, and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was brought under control by 7.30am”, a senior officer from the Delhi Fire Service said.
As per the report, the injured were rushed to three hospitals including the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML) and thirteen bodies are kept here.
Many people were severely injured and around 35 people were rescued safely.
According to the report, most deaths were caused due to suffocation.
The eyewitnesses said wooden panelling in the corridors of the hotel contributed to the quick spread of the fire.
“Few fire extinguishers were found used. It shows people trapped inside had tried to douse the fire in a bid to escape”, a fire department official said.
As per the report from the officials, the cooling process is underway and the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Even though officials suspect a short circuit may have triggered
The police have registered an FIR in connection with the incident and started an investigation if there was any negligence on part of the hotel.