17 killed as fire hits hotel in New Delhi (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

17 killed as fire hits hotel in New Delhi (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

The police said in Delhi that Kumar was one of the persons who jumped from the five-storey hotel building in Delhi's Karol Bagh area to escape the fire but succumbed to injuries sustained from the fall.

Jain said hotel guests tried to flee through the hotel's narrow corridors, panelled in wood.

Three of those killed were members of a family who had traveled to India's capital from Kerala in southern India to attend a wedding, family friend Arvind Vishwanathan said outside a hospital mortuary.

Videos recorded by eyewitnesses show people jumping from the building - in one of them, a man can be seen hanging on to the side of the building before he jumps off. Many were severely injured and have been rushed to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

Around 25 people have been rescued so far.

Most of the victims were sleeping when the fire broke out, believed to have been caused by a short circuit, media said.

According to the fire officer, the hotel had fire-fighting equipment, but it is not known whether it was functional or not. The other four, officials said, have been identified but efforts were on to ascertain where they came from.

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The fire broke out at the Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi, with images showing it engulfing the entire top floor.

Also, an eye-witness said:"Within minutes the fire accompanied by dense smoke engulfed the whole hotel, leaving nearly no space for the occupants to rush to safety".

More than 20 fire crews were dispatched to the scene, officials said.

Alphons said he spoke to the mayor and asked him to check whether all regulations were in place and to take immediate action if there was any lapse on the part of the hotel management.

In total, around 35 people were evacuated from the hotel during the four-hour-long rescue operation, according to deputy fire chief Virendra Singh.

Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire at Karol Bagh in Delhi.