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About 120 people were inside the six-story hotel at the time of the fire.

He also directed the fire department to inspect other buildings in the congested area and file a report within a week. Officials said three persons sustained injuries in the incident.

Even though the law limits construction only to four floors, the hotel had a fifth floor, like some other nearby structures, Jain said, adding that a kitchen and dining area on its top floor constituted another violation. Those injured have been sent to hospital.

An investigation is underway, but the blaze is believed to have been caused by a short circuit.

A deputy manager of the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) in Visakhapatnam died in the Hotel Arpit Palace fire mishap in Delhi. We saw dark smoke coming out of the hotel building.

"Two hotel staff members had jumped from the fourth floor of the hotel in an attempt to save themselves".

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

"As per information gathered from the site, it reveals that the incidence of fire accrued at second floor at around 3.30am on February 12 due to short-circuit", the official said. Choudhary said 26 fire tenders were sent to the spot.

According to the fire officer, the hotel had fire-fighting equipment, but it is not known whether it was functional or not.

It was a nightmare without end, said Somshekhar, who had come to Delhi from Kerala with his family to attend a wedding Ghaziabad and was staying in the hotel.

"A licence is issued only after inspection".

Four people were killed and one person was injured after a fire broke out at a factory in central Delhi's Karol Bagh.