Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Fire in Delhi hotel kills 17, raises questions of safety

Fire in Delhi hotel kills 17, raises questions of safety

The dead included a woman and a child who had tried to escape by jumping from a fifth-floor window of the 65-room hotel in the shopping district of Karol Bagh.

Frequent raids by civic authorities to enforce building codes, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures in New Delhi have failed to curb violations in this rapidly expanding city of more than 18 million people.

The Union tourism minister said there were a lot of wooden structures inside, which may have helped the fire spread. Most people jumped out of the upper floors of the hotel to save their lives.

About three dozen people were rescued from the hotel, Paul said.

On 7 February, a fire broke out in Metro Hospitals and Heart Institute in Noida, trapping several people inside the multi-storeyed building. He further said that a license is issued to a hotel only after inspection.

The fire broke out before dawn at the budget Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi.

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At least 22 fire engines were scrambled to tackle the blaze at the hotel.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief on the incident and offered condolences to the family of those killed.

Spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj tweeted: "Will Delhi ever see a Commissioner of MCD or Chief of fire being suspended for such huge loss of innocent human lives".

Common Delhiites are not concerned because they are ignorant about the enforced fire safety rules & regulations and building bye laws in the national capital. The other four, officials said, have been identified but efforts were on to ascertain where they came from. "The status of the staff who jumped is yet to be known".

It also learned that on December 4, 2017, the owner was "deemed complied" with fire safety norms at the hotel premises and it was declared "fit" for "occupancy class residential"(guesthouse) with effect from December 24, 2017, for a period of three years.

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