Chronology of major fire accidents in Delhi-NCR

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The fire broke out at the Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi, with images showing it engulfing the entire top floor.

At least 17 people died when a fire ripped through a budget hotel in Delhi on Tuesday, prompting authorities to launch a safety check of other buildings in the vicinity. He saw flames rising fast. With the help of hydraulic lifts which we brought along, we could pull out as many as 35 people, " Garg told Xinhua.

"People were asleep when the fire broke out and may have panicked on seeing too much of suffocating smoke coming inside their rooms, " Garg said.

Activists say builders and landlords often cut corners on safety to save costs and have accused civic authorities of negligence and apathy.

The rescue took about 30 minutes because fire engine ladders could not initially reach Mr Chand's floor, he said.

"There was wooden panelling in the corridor, because of which people couldn't use the corridors to leave the hotel", firefighter Vipin Kenta told the Hindustan Times newspaper.

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"That is the escape route".

Four people were killed in November past year in a factory fire in Beadonpura area in Karol Bagh after a solvent used for laundering clothes spilt out on the floor accidentally.

In a video Garg shared with AP, firefighters can be seen carrying victims slumped over their shoulders through an unlit, charred stairwell.

Among those injured was a woman from Burma who sustained spinal injuries after jumping from an upper floor, according to Deputy Fire Chief Sunil Choudhary. They were taken to local hospitals, but their medical conditions were not immediately known.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives."Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire at Karol Bagh in Delhi". "I convey my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives". However, the police said only one other person was injured.

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