17 people including children killed in Delhi's Karol Bagh hotel fire

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The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial investigation into a massive fire at a hotel in central Delhi's Karol Bagh area on Tuesday in which at least 17 people were killed, its Home Minister Satyendar Jain said.

G.C. Misra, Delhi fire services director, said the blaze had been brought under control and that 35 people were rescued by firefighters in an operation lasting several hours involving at least 25 fire engines.

The dead included a woman and a child who tried to escape by jumping from a fifth-floor window of the 65-room hotel in the shopping district of Karol Bagh. Two hotel staff members had jumped from the fourth floor of the hotel in an attempt to save themselves.

Twenty-four fire tenders were rushed to the spot. All the 13 taken to RLM hospital have died, of the 5 admitted to Lady Hardinge Hospital, 2 have succumbed to their injuries. Those staying in the hotel included a group of tourists from Myanmar, broadcaster NDTV said, adding that authorities were trying to ascertain their whereabouts.

The inferno was reported in the early hours of Tuesday, with videos showing the top floors of the building consumed by flames.

The recuse operation was called off around 9:50 am and cooling process was started.

He said they were still investigating what caused the fire.

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

"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.

Fire fighters searched rooms and toilets to ensure that no one was left trapped, Mishra said.

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