Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Delhi: Massive fire breaks out in hotel, 9 die

Delhi: Massive fire breaks out in hotel, 9 die

Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain later visited the site, ordered a magisterial inquiry after spotting building violations and asked the fire department to inspect similar buildings in the area.

It's believed the inferno was caused by a short circuit.

Paul says 35 people were rescued from the hotel. Those injured have been sent to the hospital.

A massive fire broke out in Delhi's Karol Bagh in the early hours on Tuesday.

Guests at the hotel, popular with budget and business travellers, were unable to use corridors to escape because of wooden panelling, according to a fire officer.

Officials said the fire started at around 4.30am local time (11.30pm Monday GMT).

Most of the tragedies were reported between the second and the fourth floor. In 1986, a major fire broke out in Siddharth Hotel in Vasant Vihar.

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Six people were also injured, they said. Owned by Jaypee Group, the hotel was a 10-storey luxury hotel in the 1980.

A woman and a child also died in the blaze. The probe into the incident unveiling a startling fact.

Mandeep Singh Randhawa, deputy police commissioner, said authorities are still investigating what sparked the fire. The blaze broke out in the wee hours on Tuesday.

"We have confirmed with hospital authorities, the toll is now 17 including a child", Sunil Choudhary, a senior fire brigade official, told AFP.

"When the fire tenders reached the spot, flames were leaping out of the building". The fire had broken out in the dispensary of the state-run Medical College and Hospital on October 3 a year ago.

Building regulations and fire safety measures are routinely flouted by builders and incidents of fires are reported nearly every week from across the country.

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