A large fire broke out at a three-storey commercial building in Mundka, Delhi at around 4.45pm on Friday, killing at least 26 people.
Delhi police say people are still trapped inside the building and rescue efforts are underway.
“A three-story commercial building fire that broke out this evening near Delhi’s Mundka metro station resulted in the recovery of 20 fatalities,” according to Delhi’s fire warden at around 10 p.m.
At around 11 p.m., Deputy Police Commissioner (Outer District) Sameer Sharma said the toll had risen to 26.
#UPDATE | 50 rescued, 26 dead in the fire. Rescue operation continues: DCP Sameer Sharma, Outer District
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To control the situation, 24 firefighters were dispatched. An ambulance was also dispatched to the scene of the fire to provide prompt medical attention to the victims, officials said.
The fire broke out on the first floor of the building, which houses the offices of a manufacturer of CCTV cameras and routers. The owner of the business was arrested by the authorities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Twitter that the government will pro bono Rs 2 lakh to the relatives of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured, from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.
(Edited by : Anand Singha)
First post: STI