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At least 17 people, including a child, have died in a Delhi hotel fire that broke out early on Tuesday morning, police said.

The death toll rose to 17 from a fire that tore through a hotel in New Delhi on Tuesday, a senior official said. A woman and a child, among those dead, were killed when they tried jumping from a window, reports said.

Three people jumped from the blazing structure even as 25 fire tenders rushed to the spot after receiving a call at 4.30 am.

Images showed thick smoke and flames billowing out of the top floor of the Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of the Indian capital.

Most of the victims - including many from a wedding party - were said to be sleeping when the fire broke out.

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"There was wooden panelling on corridors because of which people could not use corridors to evacuate", another fire officer told reporters.

An investigation has been launched to find the exact cause of the fire. Thirty-five people were rescued and those injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

Karol Bagh, filled with shops and budget hotels, is popular with tourists.

Fires are common across India because of poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations.

Authorities appeared to have been negligent in enforcing building laws in the surrounding area, Delhi's urban development minister Satyendar Jain said.

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Building regulations and fire safety measures are routinely flouted by builders and incidents of fires are reported nearly every week from across the country.

The has been doused and the bodies are being taken out of the hotel.

The hotel comprises of basement, ground floor and four other floors.

Unconfirmed reports say the death toll is likely to rise as numerous injured jumped from the burning building to the ground.

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