A fire at a hotel in New Delhi has killed at least 17 people, including a child, according to officials.
"Nine people are dead including a woman and a child".
A call was recieved at 4.30 am from Karol Bagh's Arpit Palace Hotel and immediately 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, the officer at the Delhi Fire Department headquarters told IANS. It was extinguished after a three-hour operation, with 35 people rescued. Those injured have been sent to the hospital.
Dramatic footage from the scene shared on social media showed thick smoke and huge flames pouring out of the 35-room hotel.
Mr Jain, who visited the Arpit Palace Hotel where the fire broke out in the early hours of the morning, told mediapersons that he has also directed the fire department to inspect buildings which are five floors or more and submit a report on their fire safety compliance within a week. The fire has already been controlled and the cooling process is underway.
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In December, six people were killed when a fire engulfed a hospital in Mumbai, the capital of western Maharashtra state.
Rescuers are now focusing on those still trapped inside hotel rooms.
"We have ordered for a magisterial inquiry into the case".
An investigation has been launched to find the exact cause of the fire.
Even though the law limits construction only to four floors, the hotel had a fifth floor, like some other nearby structures, Jain said, adding that a kitchen and dining area on its top floor constituted another violation.