27 Killed In Fire In Indian Capital
Sumaira FH Published May 14, 2022 | 08:30 AM
New Delhi, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th May, 2022 ) :At least 27 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.
"Twenty-seven charred bodies were recovered from the building and almost two dozen injured are undergoing treatment," Satpal Bharadwaj, who was in charge of operations for the Delhi Fire Service at the scene, told AFP.
Bharadwaj said there were about 70 people in the building when the blaze erupted.
Choudhary added that some had jumped from the burning building.
Broadcaster NDTV, meanwhile, reported that more than 40 people had sustained burns and were hospitalised.
While Bharadwaj said the cause was still not known, he did say the building was used for "offices and storage for paper packing material." NDTV quoted police official Sameer Sharma as saying the building housed the office of a security camera and router manufacturing company.
Several officials said they believed the death toll could rise.
More than 30 fire trucks were at the scene, along with ambulances.
Amit Mahajan, whose cousin and nephew were missing after the fire, told AFP they had been at the building to "train workers".
"I have visited all the nearby hospitals but there is no trace of them. We are not sure about their safety or whereabouts," he said.
A police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity that one of the office owners has been detained for questioning.
The officer was unable to explain the reasons for his detention but said that more arrests could follow.
Last month, the heatwave caused a huge trash dump to catch fire. It burned for days, adding to the megacity's deadly air pollution.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: "Shocked and pained to know abt this tragic incident. I am constantly in touch (with) officers. Our brave firemen are trying their best to control the fire and save lives."