A massive fire swept through a four-floor hotel in central Delhi's Karol Bagh in the early hours of Tuesday, killing at least 17 guests, including a child and two people who jumped off the building in a desperate bid to save themselves. The blaze,in which 35 people were injured, started in the second floor of the Arpit Palace Hotel in the heart of the national capital around 3.30 am, trapping many guests who were deep in sleep. There were 53 people in the 45-room hotel, which had a canopy on the terrace housing what appeared to be a restaurant. A call about the fire was received at 4.35 am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, a senior Delhi Fire Service official said.
Fire was reported on third and fourth floor, but the blaze spiralled down as well. Only the basement and ground floors were not affected. Most damage was reported between the second and the fourth floor. The fire has already been controlled and the cooling process is underway.
This comes a week after a massive fire broke out in the ICU of Metro Hospitals and Heart Institute at Noida Sector 12. According to officials, 66 patients were in the hospital, including 16 in the ICU, when the fire broke out around noon. No one was seriously injured and all the patients were evacuated, with most transferred to the hospital’s branch in Sector 11, a few hundred metres away.
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# Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announces ex gratia of Rs. 5 lakh by the government to the kin of the deceased.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on 17 dead in the fire that broke out in Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh today: Ex gratia of Rs. 5 lakh each will be given by the government to the kin of the deceased. pic.twitter.com/K12cH04fXo— ANI (@ANI) February 12, 2019
# Arvind Kejriwal returns after visiting the hotel
# Delhi LG also arrives at the accident site
# Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal arrives at the accident site#
# Delhi govt orders magisterial probe into Karol Bagh fire incident: Minister Satyendar Jain
# The fire is reported to have been caused by short-circuit in room no. 109.
# Death toll mounts to 17.
# The dead includes a child.
# Nine people reportedly dead.
# The injured were rushed to three hospitals including the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML).
# 26 fire tenders have been rushed to the spot.
# Rescue operations are underway.
# Two people reportedly dead after they jumped from the fourth floor.
# A fire breaks out at Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh.
Delhi: Fire breaks out in Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh. Fire tenders rushed to the spot. More details awaited. pic.twitter.com/YH2CZO6u3D— ANI (@ANI) February 12, 2019