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Delhi fire: 'Emergency exit of hotel was locked'

NEW DELHI: Union minister KJ Alphons mentioned on Tuesday the emergency go out of the Arpit Palace resort, where 17 people had been killed in a fireplace that broke out early Tuesday, was "too narrow" and in addition locked.

The minister, who visited the website of the tragedy in central Delhi's Karol Bagh locality, mentioned he was positive that there can be violation of norms.

The Union tourism minister mentioned there were a lot of wooden structures inside of, which may have helped the fireplace unfold.

"When I headed to the emergency exit, I found that it had been locked yesterday (last night). Also, it was too narrow," he told journalists.

"Obviously, even if people came to the emergency exit, they could not have escaped as it was too narrow and it was locked anyway," he mentioned.

Alphons mentioned he spoke to the mayor and requested him to check whether all laws had been in place and to take quick motion if there was any lapse on the a part of the resort control.

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