Karol Bagh hotel fire: Kejriwal orders magisterial probe

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New Delhi, Feb 12 : Delhi Chief Minister Arivind Kejriwal on Tuesday ordered an immediate magistrate probe into the Karol Bagh hotel fire incident here which claimed 17 lives.

Mr Kejriwal visited the Arpit Palace hotel where the tragedy took place and took stock of the situation. Talking to reporters, Mr Kejriwal said, 'We have ordered an immediate magisterial inquiry into this incident.

We would like to extend help to the family of victims with a compensation of Rs 5 lakh,' he said. The Government will take necessary measures to avoid such incidents in future, Mr Kejriwal added.

The AAP government has also ordered fire inspection of buildings in the area. Earlier, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain inspected the Arpit Palace hotel in Central Delhi's Karol Bagh where the fire incident took place.

'Fire in Karol Bagh hotel. 17 causalities 2 injured. Magistrate enquiry ordered. Visible violations of building bye laws, building constructed 6 stories including one temporary floor instead of permissible 4 floors. Ordered fire inspection of buildings in the area,' Mr Jain tweeted. The death toll in the massive fire broke out at the hotel here mounted to 17, while three others sustained injuries, fire officials said here.

According to the officials, the incident occurred at around 4.35 pm. Around 25 people have been evacuated safely from the spot, they added. At least 20 fire tenders were pushed into service and the blaze was put to a stop around 0830 hrs, while the rescue operation by the police was still underway.

The victims also include a child and a woman, the fire officials said.
Some people were seen jumping off the terrace and windows. Most of the deaths took place due to suffocation, the officials confirmed.

However, the cause of fire is yet to be ascertained. (UNI)