HPCL official among Delhi hotel fire victims

Erika Holt
February 13, 2019

In this photo provided by Sivanand Chand, a hotel guest who was rescued, firefighters rescue people during an early morning fire at the Arpit Palace Hotel in the Karol Bagh neighborhood of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb.12, 2019.

Among those injured was a woman from Myanmar who sustained spinal injuries after jumping from an upper floor, according to Deputy Fire Chief Sunil Choudhary.

About three dozen people were rescued, Paul said.

Fire brigade and police officials said the death toll had risen from nine to at least 17 people, with four others sustaining injuries.

"Our fire station is just nearby and we reached the hotel within six minutes". Those injured have been sent to hospital. "The status of the staff who jumped is yet to be known". We recovered only two dead bodies from the corridors and the rest 15 from inside the rooms where there was no fire.

While numerous victims were charred to death or suffocated in the poisonous fumes, at least three people were killed when they reportedly jumped off the building in desperate attempts to escape the blaze.

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Delhi Fire Services officials told the Hindustan Times that they received a call at 4.35 am about the fire.

Jain said hotel guests tried to flee through the hotel's narrow corridors, panelled in wood.

The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial probe into the massive fire, its Home Minister Satyendar Jain said.

Accidental fires are common across India because of poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations. 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Gautam Buddh Nagar district magistrate BN Singh had said more than 60 people were inside the hospital when the incident occurred.

In December, eight people were killed when a fire engulfed a hospital in Mumbai.

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