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India hotel fire kills at least 17, spurs safety concerns

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India hotel fire kills at least 17, spurs safety concerns

India hotel fire kills at least 17, spurs safety concerns

At least 17 people have been killed after a fire swept through a hotel in India's capital on Tuesday, raising fresh questions about safety standards in poorly regulated budget hotels.

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A fire swept through a hotel in New Delhi early on Tuesday, killing 17 people, authorities in the Indian capital said, raising fresh questions about safety standards in poorly regulated budget hotels.

Frequent raids by civic authorities to enforce building codes, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures have failed to curb violations in a rapidly expanding city of more than 18 million people.

"Seventeen people are no more, they died because of suffocation, not fire," said deputy fire chief Virendra Singh, adding that 35 people had been rescued.

Most of the victims were sleeping when the fire broke out, believed to have been caused by a short circuit, media said.




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