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At least 17 died and 3 injured in a massive fire which broke out at hotel Arpit palace in Delhi’s Karol Bagh area today (Tuesday, Feb 12) at around 4 am.

25 fire tenders responded to a call at 4.30 am this morning to conduct rescue operations. 13 dead bodies are at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital.

Delhi Fire services director GC Mishra said the fire started from the fourth floor of the hotel and spread till the second floor, while the ground floor and basement remained unaffected.

Delhi Fire Services chief Atul Garg said the death toll could further rise. The victims include one woman and child who tried to escape the fire by jumping out a window.

The three-storey hotel, which had 35 rooms, was booked by a family which was in Delhi for a function, Garg added.

Most of the people died due to suffocation, the police said.

The fire was brought under control around 7 am. The cause of the fire is not yet confirmed.

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