Nine people, including a woman and child were killed and three others injured in a major fire that broke out in a central Delhi hotel early on Tuesday, a fire official said.
At least 35 others were rescued from the six-storeyed building, while three jumped off the upper floors of the hotel in Karol Bagh to save their lives.
The death toll could further rise. Most victims died of suffocation, Fire Chief Officer G.C. Mishra said.
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.
The hotel comprises of basement, ground floor and four other floors. At least 35 rooms were booked by one family who were in the city for a special function.
Fire was reported on third and fourth floor, but the blaze spiralled down as well. Only the basement and ground floor were not affected.
Most of the tragedies were reported between the second and the fourth floor. The fire has already been controlled and the cooling process was underway.
Fire fighters searched rooms and toilets to ensure that none was left trapped, Mishra said.
"When the fire tenders reached the spot, flames were leaping out of the building. Many people were still fast asleep at that time," he said, adding that during the dousing process the nine bodies were discovered.
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