At least 27 people have died and many others feared trapped after a massive fire broke out in a commercial building, officials say.
A massive fire in a four-storey commercial building in the Indian capital has killed at least 27 people and left several injured.
Dozens of people have been rescued from the building, which contains mainly shops, fire department officials said on Friday. The building is located in the Mundka area in western New Delhi.
The cause of the fire and other details were not immediately available.
Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the fire in Delhi. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000 : PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) May 13, 2022
More than 20 fire engines were trying to extinguish the blaze.
“Distressed by the tragic fire accident at a building near Mundka Metro Station in Delhi. My condolences to the bereaved families. I wish for the speedy recovery of the injured,” India’s President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted.
Distressed by the tragic fire accident at a building near Mundka Metro Station in Delhi. My condolences to the bereaved families. I wish for speedy recovery of the injured.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) May 13, 2022
Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety norms are often flouted by builders and residents.
In 2019, a fire caused by an electrical short circuit engulfed a building in New Delhi and killed 43 people.