Delhi hotel fire: For this family, trip to Wagah remains unfulfilled

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Meanwhile, the vice-president of the Delhi Hotel Association Balan Mani told ANI that all fire norms were maintained in the hotel.

"So I have also directed the fire department to inspect such multi-storeyed buildings which have five floors or more and submit a report in a week's time", he said.

The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, Cabinet minister Satyendar Jain said.

The injured were rushed to three hospitals including the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML).

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Authorities were still investigating what sparked the blaze, Deputy Police Commissioner Mandeep Singh Randhawa said.

Delhi Fire Services and Delhi police personnel stand outside Hotel Arpit Palace after the fire was extinguished. We believe that the elderly lady was in the toilet when electricity went off and when the trio came out to check, they realised that something was amiss. According to eyewitnesses, most deaths were caused due to suffocation. Authorities said 35 were rescued.

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.

Accidental fires are common across India because of poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations.

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Guests at the hotel, popular with budget and business travellers, were unable to use corridors to escape because of wooden panelling, according to a fire officer. Those staying in the hotel included a group of tourists from Myanmar, broadcaster NDTV said, adding that authorities were trying to ascertain their whereabouts.

"A licence is issued only after inspection".

Last week, a fire broke out in a hospital in Noida, forcing an emergency evacuation of scores of patients and other people.

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