New Delhi: At least 27 people were killed and 50 were rescued after a massive fire broke out in a commercial building near Mundka metro station in west Delhi on Friday evening. “The fire fighting operation has been concluded, but the rescue operation is still on, and it may take time given the vastness of the area,” said Sunil Choudhary, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, around 11 pm.
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel were also pressed into service to aid rescue and relief operations. Several people were reported missing as the families tried to locate their dear ones.
“Some people jumped off the building to save themselves. They were shifted to the hospital,” said Choudhary.
Meanwhile, DCP Sameer Sharma, Outer District, said Harish Goel and Varun Goel, the owners of the company were detained this evening.
According to fire department officials, information was received about the blaze at 4.40 pm following which 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The fire broke out in a building near pillar number 544, Mundka metro station.
The police reached the spot after receiving information about the blaze, broke the windows of the building, rescued people and got the injured admitted to a hospital, a senior police officer said.
A preliminary enquiry has revealed that the three-storey commercial building was generally used for providing office space to companies, Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer) Sameer Sharma said.
The fire was initiated on the first floor of the building which houses the office of a CCTV camera and router manufacturing company, the DCP said. The owner of the company is in police custody.
Expressing grief over the tragedy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “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.”
“The incident of fire in Delhi’s Mundka is very sad. I am in constant touch with the concerned officials. NDRF is also reaching there soon. Our priority is to evacuate people and provide immediate treatment to the injured,” tweeted Union Home Minister Amit Shah
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Shocked and pained to know abt this tragic incident. I am constantly in touch wid officers. Our brave firemen are trying their best to control the fire and save lives. God bless all.”
President Ram Nath Kovind expressed grief and sorrow at the deaths saying, “Distressed by the tragic fire accident at a building near Mundka Metro Station in Delhi. My condolences to the bereaved families. I wish for the speedy recovery of the injured.”
(With Inputs from PTI)