At least nine people were killed and three injured after a fire at a hotel in Delhi’s Karol Bagh area early this morning. A woman and child, among those dead, were killed when they tried jumping from a window, reports said.
More than two dozen fire engines were sent to the spot after the fire broke out at Hotel Arpit Palace around 4 am. Most people in the hotel were sleeping at the time.
Video recorded on cellphones by eye-witnesses showed huge flames crowning the terrace of the large, white building. A person is seen dangling from the terrace and then jumping off.
“Nine people are dead including a woman and a child. Three people are injured,” GC Misra, the director of Delhi Fire Services, said.
The fire was brought under control around 7 am.
Thirty-five people were rescued and those injured were taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
Most of the deaths took place due to suffocation, the police said.
Karol Bagh, in central Delhi, is popular with tourists and lined with hotels and markets.
9 Killed In Hotel Fire In Delhi’s Karol Bagh, Two Jumped From Terrace – NDTV News