Seventeen people have died in a fire at a hotel in western New Delhi.
The dead included a woman and a child who had tried to escape by jumping from a fifth-floor window of the 65-room hotel in the shopping district of Karol Bagh.
A call was received at 4.30 a.m. from Arpit Palace Hotel and immediately 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, the officer at the Delhi Fire Department headquarters told IANS.
Delhi Fire Services and Delhi police personnel stand outside Hotel Arpit Palace after the fire was extinguished.
"As per information gathered from the site, it reveals that fire broke out in the second floor at around 3.30am on February 12 due to short-circuit", the official said. While 13 bodies were shifted to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital, the remaining four were taken to Lady Hardinge Medical College and BLK Hospital.
Indian Twitter user Vikas Tripathi, sharing the video, wrote: "Death toll likely to rise as people jumped off the building to save themselves".
He says authorities are still investigating what caused the fire.
Karol Bagh, in central Delhi, is popular with tourists and lined with hotels and markets.
The incident raised fresh questions about safety standards in poorly regulated hotels catering to the less affluent.
Delhi Minister Satyendra Jain said, "According to building bylaws, buildings can not be over four-storeys (parking & four storeys) in this area".
A number of hotel guests have been killed, including a child, when they were suffocated in smoke from a severe fire that ripped through a hotel. He also said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered.
"This hotel had been built up to six floors".
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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