New Delhi: At least 27 people died inside a four-story commercial building near Mundka Metro station in outer Delhi on Friday, said sources. It is one of the deadliest fire tragedies in the national capital’s recent history. Officials were worried the death toll might rise as firefighting and rescue operations continued until late Friday night.
Video footage shows people attempting to flee the building by dangling from damaged windows with a rope. Many people were observed attempting to jump from one structure to another.
While the fire started at about 4.40 p.m., the whole scale of the loss was revealed only later that night, when rescuers were able to douse the flames to some extent and enter the building, only to find burned victims inside.
Even though fire-fighters continued to spray the building with water and parts of it remained in flames, fire and police officials had to update the number of dead — 14, 16, 20, and eventually 27 — every few minutes. A total of 12 people were hurt.
“Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire in Delhi. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery,” The PM Modi tweeted night.
He also announced Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to the next of kin of those who lost their lives, and Rs 50,000 to the injured.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Shocked and pained to know about this tragic incident. I am constantly in touch with officers. Our brave firemen are trying their best to control the fire and save lives. God bless all,“
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