Arpit Hotel at Karol Bagh witnessed a massive fire on Tuesday, 12th February, killing as many as 17 people, some even during their sleep.
The hotel was up-to-date with fire safety measures and equipment but, surprisingly enough, the staffs were not trained to use the same during distress. What seems to have made it difficult for the alarmed people to rescue themselves were the sealed windows in the hotel rooms and corridors.
The police, in addition, suspects that the hotel had made illegal constructions of wood and
Atul Garg, the chief fire officer at Delhi Fire services said by the time the hotel staff went to get help, the damage had already been done.
Several minutes were lost by the Fire Department since they had to take the “longer route” to reach the spot.
A resident explains this inability of the fire department to reach there on time by saying that several cuts in the divider on Pusa Road made the firefighters to take this route.
On arriving the spot, the Fire Department noticed that the rooms had not been damaged as such. It was the corridors and the staircases which were blazing, blocking the passages.
The Delhi court arrested two people, Rajender (general manager) and Vikas (manager) who have been held questionable for this accident. While Shardendu Goel, the owner, has eloped ever since.
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