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12 Feb. 2019 / 10:58

Delhi hotel fire: At least 17 dead in huge blaze at Karol Bagh hotel in Indian capital

At least 17 people have died after a major fire broke out on the top floor of a budget hotel in central Delhi, Independent reports.

A woman and a child who tried to escape the fire by jumping from a high window were among those killed, according to local media reports.

The blaze at the five-storey Hotel Arpit Palace began at around 4.30am, and 25 fire engines were involved in the four-hour effort to bring it under control.

Besides those killed, another four people were being treated in hospital for injuries, officials said in a mid-morning update that saw the death toll almost double.

The incident once again highlights the poor state of fire safety standards across India, particularly in its major metropolises where high rents force many people to live in cramped, congested and ill-regulated conditions.

In December, 11 people died when a fire broke out at a public hospital in Mumbai, and in 2017 in the same city a fire at a popular restaurant killed 14.

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