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ದೆಹಲಿ ಖಾಸಗಿ ಹೊಟೇಲ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಂಕಿ ಅವಘಡ : 17 ಸಾವು/Child among 17 killed in fire at Delhi hotel

ದೆಹಲಿ: ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ಕರೋಲಾಬಾಗ್ ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಖಾಸಗಿ ಹೊಟೇಲೊಂದರಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂದು ಮುಂಜಾನೆ ಅಗ್ನಿ ಅವಘಡ ಸಂಭವಿಸಿದೆ. ಈ ದುರ್ಘಟನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇದುವರೆಗೆ ಓರ್ವ ಮಹಿಳೆ, ಮಗು ಸೇರಿ ಮೃತರ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆ 17ಕ್ಕೇರಿದೆ. ಗಾಯಾಳುಗಳನ್ನು ರಾಮ್ ಮನೋಹರ್ ಲೋಹಿಯಾ ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆಗೆ ದಾಖಲಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಮುಂಜಾನೆ 4 ಗಂಟೆ ಸುಮಾರಿಗೆ ಈ ಅಗ್ನಿ ಅನಾಹುತ ಸಂಭವಿಸಿತು ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿದುಬಂದಿದೆ.

ಹೊಟೇಲ್ ನ ಮೇಲ್ಮಹಡಿಯನ್ನು ಬೆಂಕಿಯ ಜ್ವಾಲೆಗಳು ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣವಾಗಿ ಆವರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಹೊಟೇಲ್ ಒಳಗಡೆ ಇನ್ನಷ್ಟು ಜನರು ಸಿಲುಕಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಸಾವಿನ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗುವ ಭೀತಿ ಎದುರಾಗಿದೆ. ಹೊಟೇಲ್ ನ ಒಳಗಡೆ ಸಿಲುಕಿರುವವರನ್ನು ರಕ್ಷಿಸುವ ಕಾರ್ಯವನ್ನು ಸ್ಥಳಕ್ಕಾಗಮಿಸಿರುವ ಅಗ್ನಿಶಾಮಕ ದಳದ ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿಗಳು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಇದುವರೆಗೆ 25ಕ್ಕೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಜನರನ್ನು ಹೊಟೇಲ್ ಒಳನಿಗಿಂದ ರಕ್ಷಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿದುಬಂದಿದ್ದು, ಇದುವರೆಗೂ ಯಾವುದೇ ಪ್ರಾಣಹಾನಿ ಸಂಭವಿಸಿದ ಕುರಿತಾಗಿ ವರದಿಯಾಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಶಾರ್ಟ್ ಸರ್ಕ್ಯೂಟ್ ನಿಂದ ಈ ಬೆಂಕಿ ಹೊತ್ತಿಕೊಂಡಿರಬಹುದು ಎಂದು ಪ್ರಾಥಮಿಕ ಮಾಹಿತಿಗಳಿಂದ ತಿಳಿದು ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ವಿವರಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.

A woman cries as she cannot find her relative who was staying in a hotel where a fire broke out in New Delhi, India, February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis – RC156E2AA800

At least 17 people were killed as a massive fire swept through a hotel in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh area on Tuesday, police said.

The fire broke out at Arpit Palace Hotel located on Gurudwara Road in Karol Bagh.

A call about the fire was received at 4.35 am and 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, a senior officer from the Delhi fire service said.

A senior Delhi Police official said 17 people were killed in the fire.

The injured were rushed to three hospitals including the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

Thirteen bodies are at the RML Hospital, a senior doctor said.

The dead includes a child.

A video of the incident showed two people jumping from the fourth floor of the burning building

According to eyewitnesses, most deaths were caused due to suffocation.

They said wooden panelling in the corridors of the hotel contributed to the quick spread of the fire.

A fire department official said some fire extinguishers were found used suggesting people trapped inside tried to douse the fire in a bid to escape.

Cooling process is underway and the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, he added.

The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial probe into the massive fire at Karol Bagh, its Home Minister Satyendar Jain said.

Jain, who visited the Arpit Palace Hotel where the fire broke out in the early hours of the morning, told reporters that he has also directed the fire department to inspect buildings which are five floors or more and submit a report on their fire safety compliance within a week.

“We have ordered for a magisterial inquiry into the case. Seventeen people have died, most of them of suffocation. Apparently, there were lapses (from the hotel administration’s side) and action will taken against those found guilty,” he said.

Generally, four floors are allowed for such establishments, the minister said.

“We saw a canopy was put up on the terrace and tables and chairs were laid out. Inside in the rooms, wooden panels were there on the walls,” Jain said.

“So I have also directed the fire department to inspect such multi-storeyed buildings which have five floors or more and submit a report in a week’s time,” he said.

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