New Delhi, Feb 12: At least 15 people were killed and three injured after a fire at a hotel in Delhi's congested Karol Bagh area early this morning. A woman and a child, among those dead, were killed when they tried jumping from a window, reports said.
More than two dozen fire engines were sent to the spot after the fire broke out at Hotel Arpit Palace around 4 am. Most people in the hotel were sleeping at the time.
Video recorded on cellphones by eye-witnesses showed huge flames crowning the terrace of the large, white building. A person is seen dangling from the terrace and then jumping off.
"Nine people are dead including a woman and a child. Three people are injured," GC Misra, the director of Delhi Fire Services, said.
The fire was brought under control around 7 am. The cause of the fire is not yet confirmed.
Thirty-five people were rescued and those injured were taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
Most of the deaths took place due to suffocation, the police said.
Karol Bagh, in central Delhi, is popular with tourists and lined with hotels and markets.
Child among 15 killed Delhi hotel fire, 2 jump from terrace