Deadly fire breaks out at Delhi hotel, 17 killed

Published: February 12, 2019 10:47:31 | Updated: February 13, 2019 12:22:10


22 fire tenders were sent to the spot and the fire was brought under control by 7.30am — Photo via Facebook

At least 17 people were killed in a massive fire which broke out at a hotel in central Delhi's Karol Bagh on Tuesday morning.

The fire service and police officials pulled out around 50 people from the hotel in a four-hour long rescue operation. Two people were severely injured and have been admitted for treatment.

Around 35 people were rescued safely, reports Times of India.

The figure of casualties was shared by sources at the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital. The official figures have not been released yet.

The incident was reported from Arpit Hotel around 4.35am. In all, 22 fire tenders were sent to the spot and the fire was brought under control by 7.30am. Fire officials said cooling operations were launched around 8:00am.

The police have registered an FIR in connection with the incident and are probing if there was any negligence on part of the hotel.

The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained though officials suspect a short circuit may have triggered it. The fire department will conduct an inquiry as well.

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