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17 people dead, many injured in New Delhi hotel fire

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In a major fire in New Delhi shoddily built budget hotel, at least 17 people have died and several others were injured. The blaze in the early hours of the morning happened at a hotel in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh area.

According to Kumar Jain, the Delhi government minister of health and urban development, most of the deaths at the Arpit Palace Hotel in Karol Bagh, an area in India’s capital city popular with tourists because of its shops and budget hotels, were due to suffocation.

The cause of the massive fire is still not known.

As many as 25 fire crews were deployed to control in fire in the five-story building.

Some residents of the hotel jumped out of the rooms.

An enquiry has been ordered into the causes of the blaze.

The Delhi Police arrested the general manager and a manager of Hotel Arpit Palace.

Unauthorised constructions is often a issue in buildings in the capital and the hotel fire could well be a cause or result of some unapproved additions to the hotel.