At least 17 people have died in a Delhi hotel fire that broke out early on Tuesday morning, police said. Eyewitnesses said the dead included a woman and a child who attempted to jump from a window to safety. Hotel Arpit Palace is located in Karol Bagh, an area popular with tourists for its budget hotels and shopping. “There was wooden panelling in the corridor, because of which people couldn’t use the corridors to leave the hotel,” firefighter Vipin Kenta told the Hindustan Times newspaper. Delhi minister Satyendra Jain told the NDTV news website that the Arpit Palace had built the fifth floor with a kitchen and a terrace, even though the owners only had permission to build four storeys.
Source: Nigerian Tribune February 12, 2019 13:07 UTC