NEW DELHI, India - A fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning swept through a budget hotel in New Delhi, the capital of India, killing at least seventeen people.
The Hotel Arpit Palace, located in the central Karol Bagh area, was reported to be on fire at around 4:30am local time on Tuesday.
Aside from the dead, another nineteen people have been taken to hospital suffering burns, smoke inhalation and other injuries.
Delhi's deputy fire chief said 35 people had been rescued from the inferno.
The blaze took about 3.5 hours to get under control. It was extinguished about 8:00am by which time there were approximately thirty fire engines on the scene..
A woman and a child who jumped from the burning building were among the dead.
"Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire at Karol Bagh in Delhi," India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet on Tuesday. "I convey my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. May the injured recover soon."