Seventeen people have been killed in a fire at a hotel in western New Delhi, India and at least four others were injured.
Reports say the blaze at the Arpit Palace Hotel has been extinguished and authorities are investigating what caused it.
“We have to check the stability of the structure, check every room,” deputy police commissioner Mandeep Singh Randhawa said.
Twenty-five fire engines responded to the fire, which had engulfed every floor of the five-story hotel except for the ground floor, a fire official said.
Around 35 people were rescued from the hotel and the injured were taken to local hospitals.
“Seventeen people are no more, they died because of suffocation, not fire,” said deputy fire chief Virendra Singh.
The hotel is located in Karol Bagh, an area full of shops and budget hotels that is popular with tourists in India’s capital.
Most of the victims were sleeping when the fire broke out, which is believed to have been caused by a short circuit.
The dead include a woman and a child who had tried to escape by jumping from a fifth-floor window of the 65-room hotel.
According to NDTV hotel guests included a group of tourists from Myanmar, and authorities were still searching for them.
The fire may raise fresh questions about safety standards in poorly regulated budget hotels.
Frequent raids by civic authorities to enforce building codes and fire safety measures have failed to curb violations in the rapidly expanding city of more than 18 million people.
Like some nearby structures, the hotel had a kitchen and dining area on its top floor which constituted another violation.