A senior police officer today informed, 17 people lost heir lives including a child and a woman in a major fire that engulfed storeys of a central Delhi hotel.
Three people jumped off from the blazing structure even as 25 fire tenders rushed to the spot after receiving a call at 4.30 a.m.
Some 35 people were rescued from the six-storeyed Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mandeep Randhawa told media.
The death toll could further rise. Most victims died of suffocation, Fire Chief Officer G.C. Mishra said.
The hotel comprises a basement, a ground floor and four other floors. At least 35 rooms were booked by members of one family, who were in the city for a special function.