New Delhi, Feb 12: At least 17 people have lost their lives and several others injured in a major fire that broke out in a central Delhi hotel early on Tuesday.
Around 35 others were rescued from the six-storeyed building, while three jumped off the upper floors of the hotel in Karol Bagh to save their lives.
The death toll could further rise. Most victims died of suffocation, Fire Chief Officer G.C. Mishra said.
A call was received at 4.30 a.m. from Arpit Palace Hotel and immediately 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, the officer at the Delhi Fire Department headquarters told IANS.
The blaze took place due to fire in ducting because of which it had spread to the hotel rooms.
Delhi Hotel Association Vice President. Balan Mani told ANI, “It was due to fire in ducting because of which it had spread to the hotel rooms.All norms were followed here; license is issued only after inspection. Mishappening can occur in a house as well”.