Police: Short circuit likely caused deadly India hotel fire

Relatives grieve outside a mortuary as they wait to receive the body of a person who died in hotel fire early Tuesday morning in New Delhi, India, Wed

Relatives grieve outside a mortuary as they wait to receive the body of a person who died in hotel fire early Tuesday morning in New Delhi, India, Wed

A relative reacts as he undergoes the procedure with police for the release of the body of a person who died in hotel fire early Tuesday morning in Ne

A relative reacts as he undergoes the procedure with police for the release of the body of a person who died in hotel fire early Tuesday morning in Ne

Relatives undergo the procedure with police for the release of the bodies of those who died in hotel fire early Tuesday morning in New Delhi, India, W

Relatives undergo the procedure with police for the release of the bodies of those who died in hotel fire early Tuesday morning in New Delhi, India, W

Relatives take home the body of a person  who died in hotel fire early Tuesday morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. A fire engulfed

Relatives take home the body of a person who died in hotel fire early Tuesday morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. A fire engulfed

People look at the sealed Hotel Arpit Palace which caught fire  early Tuesday morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. A fire engulfed a

People look at the sealed Hotel Arpit Palace which caught fire early Tuesday morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. A fire engulfed a

Children returning from a nearby school look at the sealed Hotel Arpit Palace which caught fire  early Tuesday morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday,

Children returning from a nearby school look at the sealed Hotel Arpit Palace which caught fire early Tuesday morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday,

Policemen stand guard outside sealed Hotel Arpit Palace which caught fire early Tuesday morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. A fire

Policemen stand guard outside sealed Hotel Arpit Palace which caught fire early Tuesday morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. A fire

A vehicle drives past Hotel Arpit Palace which caught fire early Tuesday morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. A fire engulfed the sh

A vehicle drives past Hotel Arpit Palace which caught fire early Tuesday morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. A fire engulfed the sh

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police say a fire at a budget hotel in India's capital that killed 17 people was likely caused by a short circuit.

New Delhi Police Commissioner Amit Sharma said Wednesday that no foul play is suspected in the fire Tuesday that also left four people injured.

The Delhi government minister of health and urban development, Satyendar Kumar Jain, says most of the deaths at the Arpit Palace Hotel in Karol Bagh in central New Delhi were caused by suffocation.

The hotel developer had a permit from the fire department to build up to four stories. But the building appeared to have six floors, including an unauthorized kitchen Jain said was built from sheets of fiberglass on top of the roof.

Wood-paneled hallways and stairwells fed the flames.