Many people were still fast asleep at that time. Fire was reported on the third and fourth floor, but the blaze spiraled down as well. 25 fire tenders rushed to the spot after receiving a call at 4.30 am. Most victims died of suffocation, Fire Chief Officer GC Mishra said. Most damage was reported between the second and the fourth floor. Officials said 35 people were rescued, some of them being injured. Some people jumped from the building to save their life. A woman and a child who attempted to jump from a window to safety are died. Unconfirmed reports say the death toll is likely to rise.
“There was wooden panelling in the corridor, because of which people couldn’t use the corridors to leave the hotel,” firefighters said. Both the police and fire services are investigating what started the blaze which appears to have caused by a short circuit. The five-storey 35 room Hotel Arpit Palace is located in Karol Bagh, an area popular with tourists. The disaster is the latest of its kind in India, where poor health and safety standards are common.