Twenty-seven people died and dozens more were injured in a massive fire in a building in the Indian capital New Delhi on Friday, emergency services said.
“The fire has been put out now. The total number of dead is 27. Search operation is on,” a fire department official told AFP.
16 people dead, several injured in #Delhi #Mundka fire incident, if you look at this commercial building there’s no proper fire safety planning, this is major cause for causality, the Govt and authorities should investigate it and punish the guilty. pic.twitter.com/duvxnH9Fqy
— Riaz ᴬʰᵐᵉᵈ (@riazgold) May 13, 2022
More than 40 people sustained burns and have been hospitalised, media reports said.
Around 60 to 70 people have been rescued from the building, local media quoted police as saying.
I happened to pass by the fire that took place near Mundka metro station, Delhi. Was heartbroken to see this. Can only imagine the people who suffered because of it. Sending prayers 🙏 #delhifire #Mundka pic.twitter.com/8O8apeHKOy
— Varsha Nambiyaaaaar (@VarNambiar) May 13, 2022
The large fire broke out at a four-storey commercial building in west Delhi in the late afternoon.
Fires are common in India due to poor building practices and a lack of adherence to safety regulations.