Delhi: Massive fire breaks out in hotel, 9 die

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Seventeen people were killed and several injured in a massive fire that broke out in Delhi's Karol Bagh area in the early morning hours today.

The death toll rose to 17 from a fire that tore through a hotel in New Delhi on Tuesday, a senior official said.

According to the fire department, seven men, a woman and child died in the blaze.

A video of the incident showed two people jumping from the fourth floor of the burning building.

A wedding party had booked a large part of the 35-room hotel and most of the victims were sleeping when the fire broke out, news agency Reuters said. The basement and ground floor were unaffected.Thirteen seriously injured were sent to the nearby RML Hospital and all were declared dead.

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Police said they were investigating the cause, and a judicial probe has been ordered into the latest disaster to raise concerns over fire safety in India. Those staying in the hotel included a group of tourists from Myanmar, broadcaster NDTV said, adding that authorities were trying to ascertain their whereabouts. It is estimated some 120 people were inside the building, built around 25 years ago, according to the hotel's website.

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

Frequent raids by civic authorities to enforce building codes, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures have failed to curb violations in a rapidly expanding city of more than 18 million people.

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

Building regulations and fire safety measures are routinely flouted by builders and incidents of fires are reported nearly every week from across the country.

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