At least 27 people have been killed and dozens injured after a fire broke out in a building in Mundka in the national capital New Delhi. A fire broke out in a four-storey commercial building in west Delhi on Friday, the cause of which was not immediately known, emergency services said.
“Twenty-seven burnt bodies were recovered from the building,” Satpal Bhardwaj, in-charge of operations for the Delhi Fire Service said.
He told that about two dozen injured in the accident have been admitted to hospitals in Delhi where they are undergoing treatment. “There was no emergency exit from the building in case of fire and most of the people died of suffocation,” Satpal Bhardwaj said.
According to the Times of India, there were around 200 people in the building when the fire broke out, so the death toll and the injured are expected to rise.
However, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Sunil Choudhary said that the number of injured was more than 25. Choudhary said some people had jumped off the burning building.
According to Indian broadcaster NDTV, over 40 people were burnt and injured in the accident. NDTV quoted police officer Sameer Sharma as saying that the office of the company that made security cameras and routers was located in the building.
A police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity said that one of the office owners had been detained for questioning. Fires are common in India due to design flaws, overcrowding and non-compliance with safety regulations.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia visited the spot, the day after the horrific fire incident in Mundka, Delhi. During this, he took stock of the situation with the officials.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that a help desk has also been set up for this incident so that information about those whose family members are missing can be obtained. Apart from this, contact with family members is also being done.
Arvind Kejriwal said that a magisterial level inquiry has been ordered for this incident. CM also announced compensation of ten lakh rupees for the people killed in this accident. At the same time, 50-50 thousand rupees will be given to the injured as compensation.
Arvind Kejriwal expressed confidence that after the results of the investigation, concrete action will be taken.
Earlier late in the night also, the CM had condoled the incident by tweeting. He wrote on Twitter, “Shocked and saddened to learn about this tragic incident. I am in constant touch with senior officials. Our brave firefighters are doing their best to douse the fire and save lives. God bless all.” Do good.”
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi are among several politicians to mourn the loss of lives in the tragic incident.
The Prime Minister has said that Rs 2 lakh each will be given to the families of each of those who died. ₹50,000 will be given to the injured, his office tweeted.