On 12th February a fire engulfed the top floor of the Hotel Arpit Palace 17 people have been confirmed killed and many were also taken to hospital. The fire broke out at the hotel in a congested part of central Delhi, with images showing it engulfing the entire top floor of the six-story building, some tried to escape by jumping from the fire. The deaths included a child and the hotel’s manager.
G.C. Misra, Delhi fire brigade director, said the blaze had been brought under control and that 35 people were rescued by firefighters in an operation lasting several hours. Twenty-five fire engine attended the scene.
A fire officer reported that there were obstructions in the escape paths making it difficult to evacuate.
“Buildings can only be constructed up to four floors in Delhi,” Delhi’s home minister Satyendra Jain told NDTV.
“This hotel had been built up to six floors. It’s gross negligence on the part of the officers who allowed the extra floors to be built.
Police said they were investigating the cause.
The picture shows Dr G.C.Misra, Director-Delhi Fire Services and the hotel before the fire.