New Delhi: Charred human remains were found on Saturday on the second floor of the building in outer Delhi’s Mundka area where a massive fire broke out a day back, Delhi Fire Service officials said.
Twenty-seven people have died so far in the blaze that ripped through the four-storey building on Friday. The fire started from the first floor that houses the office of a CCTV camera and router manufacturing and assembling company, the police have said.
The owners of the company, Harish Goel and his brother Varun Goel, who were detained earlier, have been arrested, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Sameer Sharma said.
“Charred human remains were found on the second floor of the building during a search operation by our fire fighters. But we cannot say if it is the remains of one body or several bodies. Though the fire has been doused, the cooling and search operations still continues,” said Atul Garg, Director, Delhi Fire Services.
At present, two fire tenders are present at the spot, he said. According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Sameer Sharma, the company owners — Harish Goel and Vijay Goel who were detained have been arrested in connection with the incident.
Identities of all but one of the 12 injured have been ascertained, an official said.
We’ve received 28 missing people complaints. We are collecting complainants’ details and their relation with the missing person. We have put up a helpline number from DM West. They will be informed as soon as we get any info: Sunil Kumar, civil defence, at Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital.
According to a list released by the district magistrate of West Delhi, the injured are Staish (38), Pradeep (36), Ashu (22), Harjeet (23), Nitin (24), Avinash (29), Sandhya (22), Dhanvanti (21), Bimla (43), Ayesha (24) and Mamta (52).
A help desk was set up at Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital in New Delhi to give information about the injured people admitted after the Mundka fire incident that took place yesterday.
Information regarding the injured is given to the family members through this desk. “This is to help the people whose loved ones are missing or injured, so that they get the correct information and don’t panic. We are from the Delhi resident security department,” said Civil Defence Officer, SP Tomar.
According to the notice by the District Magistrate (West) office, the people can ascertain about the missing persons or inform the desk about such persons on the helpline number 011-25195529, 011-25100093.
A WhatsApp number has also been rolled out for the purpose which, according to the notice, is +91 7982661695. However, the people sitting on the premises said that they have been waiting all night to get the information about their loved ones.
The injured were rescued and taken to a hospital, where they were given treatment, officials said.
According to the police, a call about the fire was received at 4.45 pm on Friday following which they immediately reached the building location, near metro pillar number 545.
Police officials broke the windows of the building to rescue people, they said, adding the injured are admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital.
During initial enquiry, the police found that the four-storey building was used for providing office spaces to companies.
Over 50 employees of the company whose office was located on the first floor were rescued while 27 bodies have been found, they said. Some ambulances were also made available at the spot to provide immediate medical assistance to the rescued victims.