New Delhi: In a major fire 17 people, including a woman and child, were killed and three others injured in a central Delhi hotel early on Tuesday, officials said.
The death toll could further rise, fire officials said.
Fire officials said at least 35 others were rescued from the six-storeyed building of the hotel. Three inmates jumped off the upper floors of the hotel in Karol Bagh to save their lives.
Reports said most victims died due to asphyxiation.
Fire Chief Officer G.C. Mishra said a call was received at 4.30 a.m. from Arpit Palace Hotel and immediately 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
According to media reports the hotel comprises of basement, ground floor and four other floors. At least 35 rooms were booked by one family who were in the city for a special function.
Officials said fire was reported on third and fourth floor, but the blaze enveloped to other floors. The basement and ground floor were not affected.
Most of the deaths were reported from the second and the fourth floor. Fire officials said the fire has been controlled.
Media reports said fire fighters searched rooms and toilets to ensure that none was left trapped.
Mishra said:“When the fire tenders reached the spot, flames were leaping out of the building. Many people were still fast asleep at that time.