17 died in fire at Delhi's Karol Bagh hotel, investigation underway

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Among the 17 dead was one child, fire officials reported.

The injured were taken to hospitals, but their medical conditions were not immediately known.

In total, around 35 people were evacuated from the hotel during the four-hour-long rescue operation, according to deputy fire chief Virendra Singh.

In 2017, 14 people were killed, also in Mumbai, when a huge blaze tore through a popular restaurant.

Fire officer Vijay Paul says 25 fire engines responded to the blaze, which has been extinguished.

It's not clear whether the hotel was up to fire code, a government official said, adding that if safety hazards are found, the building's owner could face charges.

"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.

He said they were still investigating what caused the fire.

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A video of the incident showed two people jumping from the fourth floor of the burning building.

Meanwhile, the vice-president of the Delhi Hotel Association Balan Mani told ANI that all fire norms were maintained in the hotel.

Karol Bagh, in central Delhi, is popular with tourists and lined with hotels and markets.

Mr Jain said hotel guests tried to flee through the hotel's narrow corridors, panelled in wood.

The incident raised fresh questions about safety standards in poorly regulated hotels catering to the less affluent.

Many commercial establishments in the city lack emergency exits or fire fighting equipment. 30 fire tenders had rushed to the spot.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that he was deeply saddened by the loss of lives.

In December, six people were killed when a fire engulfed a hospital in Mumbai, the capital of western Maharashtra state.

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