17 perish in Delhi hotel fire
New Delhi: Seventeen persons, including a child and a woman, were killed in a major fire that engulfed several storeys of a central Delhi hotel early on Tuesday.
Three people jumped off from the blazing structure. Twentyfive fire tenders rushed to the spot after receiving a call at 4.30 a.m.
Some 35 people were rescued from the six-storeyed Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh, police said.
The death toll could further rise. Most victims died of suffocation, a Fire Officer said.
The hotel comprises a basement, a ground floor and four other floors. At least 35 rooms were booked by members of one family, who were in the city for a special function.
Fire was reported on third and fourth floor, but the blaze spread down as well. Only the basement and ground floors were not affected.
Most damage was reported between the second and the fourth floor. The fire has already been controlled and the cooling process is underway.
Fire fighters searched rooms and toilets to ensure that none was left trapped.