17 killed in New Delhi budget hotel fire, lax safety standards blamed

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Television showed pictures of flames leaping from the top floor. "It was due to fire in ducting because of which it spread to the hotel rooms". Delhi minister Satyendar Jain visited the area and inspected the hotel, Amar Ujala reported. Those staying in the hotel included a group of tourists from Myanmar, broadcaster NDTV said, adding that the authorities were trying to locate them.

Most of the guests were sleeping at the time the fire broke out and suffocated to death. According to hospital authorities at least four others were injured.

"Seventeen people are no more, they died because of suffocation, not fire", said deputy fire chief Virendra Singh, adding that 35 people had been rescued.

"We have confirmed with hospital authorities, the toll is now 17 including a child", Sunil Choudhary, a fire brigade official, told AFP.

Some 100 firefighters and 25 fire engines responded to the fire, which engulfed all but the ground floor of the hotel, fire officer Vijay Paul said.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a short circuit but the evacuation was hampered by narrow corridors, panelled in wood.

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April 13, 2018: Four members of a family, including two minor children, were killed in a major fire in Delhi's Kohat Enclave. Part of the building had been booked by a wedding party.

The relief and rescue work was completed, and the hotel is in the custody of local police, he said.

Many structures, both old and new, lack proper fire exits. We saw dark smoke coming out of the hotel building.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the loss of lives and expressed hope that the injured will recover soon.

Fire disasters are particularly frequent in Mumbai, India's financial capital where millions live in cramped and dilapidated properties because of high rents.

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