A fire in a hotel in New Delhi has murdered at 17 individuals, such as a young child, according to officials.
The blaze erupted in the early hours of Tuesday at Hotel Arpit Palace at a congested part of central New Delhi.
Fire brigade and police officials said that the death toll had increased from nine to 17 individuals, with four others sustaining accidents. Images and videos posted on societal media revealed thick smoke and flames billowing out of the top floor of the resort.
After an hours-long surgery, firefighters rescued 35 people from the hotel, the majority of that was engulfed in flames.
One of those rescued was Sivanand Chand, 43, a hotel guest who was jolted awake around 4 am, struggling to breathe.
“When I got out of my area, I could listen to’help, help!’ From adjoining rooms,” Chand told The Associated Press news agency, including that he opened the window and saw flames climbing extremely fast.
“In 15 moments, the whole area was shameful,” he said.
The rescue took approximately 30 minutes since firing engine ladders could not initially reach his floor, he explained.
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The injured were taken to nearby hospitals, but their medical conditions weren’t immediately known.
Mandeep Singh Randhawa, deputy police commissioner, said police are still investigating what sparked the fire.
The resort can be found at Karol Bagh, a place in India’s capital city filled with shops and budget hotels that’s popular with tourists.
Accidental fires are typical around India due to poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations.
In December, six people were killed when a fire engulfed a hospital in Mumbai, the capital of western Maharashtra state.
In 2017, 14 individuals were murdered, also in Mumbai, when a enormous blaze tore through a favorite restaurant.