At least 27 people were killed and 12 injured after a fire broke out in a four-story commercial building in Mundka, west Delhi, on Friday night, police said.
Police have yet to share details about the identity of the victims. The injured have been admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital. At least 50 people have been rescued from the building and some are still trapped inside, police said.
The Delhi Fire Service deployed cranes to rescue people trapped in the fire. However, smoke from the fire spread throughout the building and some people jumped out of windows to save themselves, while others used ropes to get down.
The fire started on the first floor of the building, which houses the office of a CCTV camera and router manufacturing company, Police Deputy Commissioner (Foreign) Sameer Sharma said.
The company’s owners, Harish Goel and Varun Goel, have been arrested, police said. The building’s owner, who did not have a security clearance from the fire department, has been identified as Manish Lakra and is at large, police said.
A motivational speaking event was taking place on the second floor when the fire broke out. Many people attended this program. So most of the deaths occurred on this floor, the preliminary investigation indicated.
According to fire department officials, information about the fire was received around 4:40 pm, after which 24 firefighters rushed to the scene.
The division officer of the fire department reported that there was only one ladder so people could not escape from the building.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi are among several politicians who mourned the loss of life in the tragic incident.
The Prime Minister has said that Rs 2 lakhs will be given to the families of those who lost their lives. The injured will receive Rs 50,000, his office tweeted.
Home Minister Amit Shah said he is in constant contact with authorities and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has entered service.
With NDTV inputs