A fire at a hotel in New Delhi has killed at least 17 people, including a child, according to officials.
Rescue and police personnel at the site of a massive blaze at Hotel Arpit Palace on Tuesday, after the fire had been doused. Fire officials said a call about the fire was received at 4.35 am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Bodies are being taken out now.More news: Oops: Ardern admits admin error caused China flight U-turn
Fire was reported on the third and fourth floor, but the blaze spiralled down as well.
According to latest reports, 25 fire tenders have been pressed into action. The dead include a mother a child. Balan Mani, Delhi Hotel Association Vice President said, "It was due to fire in ducting because of which it had spread to the hotel rooms". Many were severely injured and have been rushed to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. In 1986, a major fire broke out in Siddharth Hotel in Vasant Vihar. The probe into the incident unveiling a startling fact. Most of the victims were sleeping when the fire broke out, believed to have been caused by a short circuit. "There was wooden panelling in the corridor because of which people couldn't use corridors to evacuate", fire officer Vipin Kental said. The Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, commonly referred to as Calcutta Medical College, was established in 1835 and is the second oldest medical college in India after Ecole de Medicine of Puducherry.More news: Nicki Minaj Cancels BET Concert After Cardi B Grammys Tweet
Authorities have launched raids to enforce building regulations, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures but these steps have failed to check rampant violations by builders in a rapidly expanding Capital, the home to more than 18 million people.More news: Offset Releases Footage of Cardi B Giving Birth in New Album Trailer