Delhi: 27 dead, 40 injured in massive fire at 4-storey building

A massive fire engulfed in a four-storey building in west Delhi Friday evening that is has cost multiple lives. So far, 27 bodies have been recovered.

Delhi Fire Services chief Atul Garg said that the toll could go up as the fire continued to rage till Friday night and a rescue operation was still underway.

The commercial building — which mainly had office space — is located near Mundka metro station in west Delhi.

The fire started from the first floor of the building, which houses the office of a CCTV camera and router manufacturing company, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Sameer Sharma has said.

“All the bodies are charred,” said Garg.

More than 40 people sustained burns and have been hospitalised. Around 60-70 people have been rescued from the building, the police said.

On Friday night, Delhi Police DCP (Outer) Sameer Sharma said: “It’s a tragic incident… 26 dead bodies confirmed.”

“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,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Pained by the tragic loss of lives in the Delhi fire near Mundka Metro station. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wishing the injured a speedy recovery,” said Rahul Gandhi.

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