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Delhi Hotel Fire Kills 17, Twitterati Ask When We’ll Learn Lessons From Uphaar

Published on 12 February, 2019 at 1:28 pm By

In a grim reminder of Uphaar cinema fire incident in 1997, that killed 59 people, at least 17 people were killed and several injured after a fire at a hotel in Delhi’s congested Karol Bagh area. The incident took place in early morning of January 12. The hotel was booked for a wedding party. Among the dead were a child and a woman who tried to escape inferno by jumping through a window in the hotel room they occupied. Most of the people died due to suffocation and were sleeping when the incident took place.


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According to fire officer Vipin Kental, there was wooden panelling on corridor because of which people couldn’t use corridors to evacuate. As per a report, the fire could have started because of a short-circuit.

 

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The incident was captured by some eye-witnesses who recorded the videos. In those videos, huge flames were seen coming out of the terrace of the white six-storey building. It showed a person hanging from the terrace and then dumping off.

 

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Around thirty-five people were rescued and those injured were taken to nearby hospitals.


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Delhi minister Satyendar Jain, who visited the site, said:

 

“The hotel had clearance only for four floors. They had made a kitchen and terrace on top of it. This is a major case of negligence. Investigation is on. Strict action will be taken against the guilty. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered.”

As soon as the news was out, people started reacting. Here are some reactions:

 




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Despite many such incidents happening at regular intervals, the concerned authorities seem to be negligent in enforcing proper building codes, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures. The incident once again highlights the rampant violations by builders in a rapidly expanding national capital.

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