Publicado: Mier, Febrero 13, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

At Least 17 Killed in Massive Fire at Delhi Hotel

At Least 17 Killed in Massive Fire at Delhi Hotel

They said wooden panelling in the corridors of the hotel contributed to the quick spread of the fire.

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

Virendra Singh, deputy fire chief, said 35 people had been rescued from the hotel located in the shopping district of Karol Bagh.

The blaze was extinguished in the early hours with the help of at least 25 fire engines, with the top floors being gutted.

Delhi Minister Satyendra Jain said, "According to building bylaws, buildings can not be over four-storeys (parking & four storeys) in this area".

A video of the incident shows people jumping from the fourth floor after breaking open window panes.

The tragedy comes just two months after six people were killed and more than 100 injured when a fire broke out at a hospital in Mumbai in December.

Rescuers had to break windows to evacuate people because wood paneling in the corridors and stairwells fed the flames, said fire official Atul Garg. We have to look for bodies, if any, inside the hotel.

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Karol Bagh, in central Delhi, is popular with tourists and lined with hotels and markets.

Confirming 17 deaths in the incident, Delhi's top fire officer Atul Garg said that the fire department received a phone call informing him about the fire at 4:50am local time.

At least 17 people are dead as a result of the blaze overnight in New Delhi, India.

Accidental fires are common across India because of poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations.

Many structures, both old and new, lack proper fire exits.

Jain said hotels and similar establishments were not supposed to extend beyond four floors in that area.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that he was deeply saddened by the loss of lives.

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