Delhi: Massive fire breaks out in three-storey building near Mundka metro station, 27 dead, rescue underway

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Delhi : A fire broke out in a building near Mundka metro station in west Delhi on Friday, killing 27 people. Fire brigade officials said the number could rise as more people were feared trapped and rescue operations were on. President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed grief over this incident of arson.

As per available information, 27 people have died in the fire in the building near Mundka metro station. Whereas, 12 others were injured. All of them were being treated at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital. News agency ANI quoted DCP, Outer District Sameer Sharma as saying that the fire was spread over two floors. “Police force has been deployed along with cordon of the area,” he said.

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24 fire tenders are present at the spot to control the fire. Delhi Fire Service (DFS) officials said that a call about the fire was received at 4:40 pm. DFS chief Atul Garg said the fire first started near the metro station’s pillar 544. Initially 10 fire tenders were sent to the spot. Later, another 14 were sent to douse the fire. According to a report in ANI, Delhi Police said that preliminary investigation revealed that the affected building was generally used for commercial purposes, such as To give office space to that companies. “The fire started from the first floor of the building, which houses the office of a company that manufactures CCTV cameras and routers,” a police officer was quoted as saying. Police said the owner of the firm has been taken into custody.

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Seeing the magnitude of the fire, the fire department was taken with the help of drone cameras. Based on the pictures and videos from the drone, the fire brigade targeted the fire sites. After this the fire was brought under control at around 8 pm but the fire was not extinguished. The fire brigade official said that after extinguishing the fire, it will be waited for it to cool down. With this the process of cooling will be started. Then the rescue work will be started. Pic Credit:Internet 

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