New Delhi: At least nine people were killed as a massive fire broke out at Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh in the national capital early in the morning on Tuesday.
According to the fire services department, seven men, a woman and a child lost their lives in the blaze. Nine people were also injured, they said. There were sixty people in the hotel when the fire broke out.
Delhi Fire services director GC Mishra told that the department received a call about the blaze around 4:30 am.
He said the fire started from the fourth floor of the hotel and spread till the second floor, while the ground floor and basement remained unaffected.
Thick smoke and huge flames could be seen emanating from the top floor of the 40-room hotel till around 7 am.
Mishra said that the department received the call late and the fire had already spread, hampering the rescue operations. He said twenty fire tenders were rushed to the spot immediately.
Fire officer Vipin Kental said there was wooden paneling on corridor, because of which people couldn’t use corridors to evacuate and said two persons had to jump off the building.
The fire has been extinguished now, he said, and a cooling operation has been launched. Simultaneously, he said that a search operation has also been launched to confirm there are no more people trapped in the hotel.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, but sources said that prima facie it looks to be a short circuit.
Karol Bagh, in central Delhi, is popular with tourists and lined with hotels and markets.