New Delhi: As a massive fire in a building near Mundka metro station in west Delhi killed 27 and injured several others, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed pain over the loss of lives and said he was in constant touch with officers.
Over 50 people were rescued by 11.00 pm, and the operations were on to save and retrieve the others from the three-storey commercial building near Mundka metro station.
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.”
President Ram Nath Kovind condoled the loss of lives 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 speedy recovery of the injured.”
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel are reaching soon the spot in Delhi where a massive fire claimed at least 26 lives. The NDRF troops will help in rescue and relief operation.
“The incident of fire in Delhi’s Mundka is very sad. I am in constant touch with the officials concerned. The administration is engaged in relief and rescue work. The NDRF is also reaching there soon. Our priority is to evacuate people and provide immediate treatment to the injured,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, “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.”
Expressing shock and grief, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “Extremely shocked and saddened by the sudden news of loss of a huge number of lives due to a tragic fire incident in Delhi today. Heart – felt condolences to the relatives of victims. Pray for quick recovery of the injured.”
Vice President Secretariat tweeted quoting Naidu said, “Pained by the loss of lives in a tragic fire incident in Mundka, New Delhi. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.”
Union Housing and Urban Affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri also expressed grief over the incident. “Deeply saddened at the loss of lives in the devastating fire accident in Delhi’s Mundka. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families & pray for speedy recovery of those injured,” Puri 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,” Kejriwal tweeted.
The fire was reported at around 4.40 pm, following which 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, the fire department officials told PTI.