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Keralite woman among 17 killed in Delhi hotel blaze

Keralite woman among 17 killed in Delhi hotel blaze

Fire officials said a call about the fire was received at 4.35 am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Some were injured and have been taken to hospital.

About three dozen people were rescued from the hotel, Mr Paul said.

Four people were injured in the incident.

Jain blamed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for the violation and said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered.

Videos recorded on their cell phones by the eyewitnesses showed flames emanating out of the top floors of the hotel building.

Mandeep Singh Randhawa, deputy police commissioner, said authorities are still investigating what sparked the fire.

He said that the fire broke out on the first floor and within minutes it spread up to the third and fourth floors of the hotel, as the staircase and corridors were made of wood.

The hotel developer had a permit from the fire department to build up to four stories - the standard height in central Delhi.

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Rao was staying at the hotel located at Karol Bagh.

"There was wooden paneling on corridor because of which people couldn't use corridors to evacuate", news agency ANI quoted fire officer Vipin Kental as saying.

But the city is rapidly growing - with more than 18 million people now crowded into the Indian capital - and building violations are nearly impossible to stop.

Many commercial establishments in the city lack emergency exits or fire fighting equipment.

In December, six people were killed when a fire engulfed a hospital in Mumbai, the capital of western Maharashtra state.

"As per information gathered from the site, it reveals that the incidence of fire accrued at second floor at around 3.30am on February 12 due to short-circuit", the official said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that he was deeply saddened by the loss of lives.