13 February, 2019
Two Telugus, one from Telangana state and another from Andhra Pradesh, were among the 17 people killed in a fire at Hotel Arpit Palace in New Delhi early on Tuesday.
They said wooden panelling in the corridors of the hotel contributed to the quick spread of the fire.
As many as 30 fire tenders were pressed to carry out the rescue operation. A woman and child were seen attempting to jump while another man was spotted hanging from a terrace before falling. At least 35 rooms were booked by members of one family, who were in the city for a special function. Many were severely injured and have been rushed to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
A further 35 people had been rescued, authorities confirmed.
Police said they were investigating the cause.
Indian Twitter user Vikas Tripathi, sharing the video, wrote: "Death toll likely to rise as people jumped off the building to save themselves".
"People were asleep when the fire broke out and may have panicked on seeing too much of suffocating smoke coming inside their rooms, " Garg said.
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Paul says the fire engulfed most of the five-story hotel. "Apparently, there were lapses (from the hotel administration's side) and action will be taken against those found guilty". It is estimated some 120 people were inside the building, built around 25 years ago, according to the hotel's website.
Also, an eye-witness said:"Within minutes the fire accompanied by dense smoke engulfed the whole hotel, leaving nearly no space for the occupants to rush to safety".
Delhi minister Satyendra Jain said the district magistrate has ordered an inquiry into the fire incident.
The dead includes a child.
A senior Delhi Police official said 17 people were killed in the fire.
Rescuers had to break windows to evacuate people because wood paneling in the corridors and stairwells fed the flames, said fire official Atul Garg.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that he was deeply saddened by the loss of lives.