17 dead in hotel fire in central Delhi, PM condoles loss of lives in Delhi fire

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New Delhi: Rescue efforts being after a massive fire broke out at a hotel at Karol Bagh area, in New Delhi, Feb. 12, 2019. At least 17 people were killed and several injured after a fire at a hotel. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Rescue efforts take place after a massive fire broke out at a hotel at Karol Bagh area, in New Delhi, Feb. 12, 2019. At least 17 people were killed and several injured after a fire at a hotel. (PTI Photo)

A massive fire broke out at a hotel in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh area early Tuesday, leaving 17 people dead and several critically injured, Delhi Fire Service said.

The fire broke out at Arpit Palace Hotel located on Gurudwara Road in Karol Bagh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives in a massive fire incident in a central Delhi hotel early Tuesday.

“Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire at Karol Bagh in Delhi. I convey my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives,” he tweeted.

He wished for a speedy recovery of the injured.

At least 17 people were killed in the fire at Arpit Palace Hotel on Gurudwara Road in Karol Bagh.

A call about the fire was received at 4.35 am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, a senior officer from Delhi fire service said.

The cooling process is underway and the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, he added.

A short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the fire that broke out in Karol Bagh’s Arpit Palace hotel in the early hours of Tuesday, a senior civic official said.

The hotel was first granted a licence in October 2005 and was renewed every year. The last renewal was done on May 25, 2018 and was valid till March 31.

“As per information gathered from the site, it reveals that the incidence of fire accrued at second floor at around 3.30 AM on February 12 due to short-circuit,” the official said.

(PTI)