Today morning a massive fire broke out in a budget hotel of Delhi at Karol Bagh before dawn. The Hotel Arpit Palace is situated in a congested part of central Delhi. The image clearly shows that the fire had swallowed up the entire top floor of the hotel.

Sunil Chowdhury, an official of the fire department told the reporters that, “We have confirmed with hospital authorities, the number of deaths has risen to 17, including a child.”

The woman and the child died as they tried to escape by jumping from a window.

After operating several hours the fire brigade personnel became successful to bring under control the flame, said GC Mishra, the Delhi fire brigade director.

Another fire officials told reporters, “There was wooden paneling on corridors because of which people could not use corridors to evacuate.

Thick smoke and flames filled out the top floor of the six-storey hotel which is popular with budget travelers.  “The top two floors of the hotel were constructed illegally,” Delhi minister Satyendra Jain said.

Police are trying to find the cause of the fire. The blaze was extinguished with the help of the 25 fire engines in the early hours.

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