As many as 27 people have been killed in a major fire that broke out in a three-storey building in the Mundka area of the national capital on Friday afternoon, a Fire Department official said.
"Over 50 employees and workers have been reportedly evacuated, while rescue teams have so far recovered 26 dead bodies," Deputy Commissioner of Police, Sameer Sharma, said, adding that several people have sustained injuries.
Delhi Fire Service chief Atul Garg told IANS that they received a call about the incident at 4 p.m. from a building located near Pillar No. 544 in Mundka in west Delhi, after which 10 fire engines were immediately pressed into service.
People jump off buildings
As per visuals released from the spot, thick fumes of black smoke along with a massive blaze could be seen billowing out of the ill-fated three-storey building. The firemen used the fire truck ladder to reach out to the maximum possible height to spray water over the blaze.
Several people, who were stuck inside the multi-storey building in Delhi's Mundka, which caught fire earlier in the day, were rescued through the AC window, while some others jumped out in desperation and were injured.
A Fire Department official said in a bid to save themselves, some people jumped off the building when the fire broke out, and got injured. They were then immediately shifted to the Sanjay Gandhi hospital.
All the injured have been admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in west Delhi.
"Police officers broke the windows of the building and rescued many inmates who were rushed to the hospital," Sharma said.
Another Fire Department officer present at the spot said that currently the capacity of Sanjay Gandhi Hospital is full and if more injured persons are found, they will be shifted to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.
Based on preliminary inquiry, the police said that it was a three-storey commercial building used for providing office space to companies. The fire first broke out on the first floor of the building which houses a CCTV and router manufacturing company.
The police have detained the owner of the company and his antecedents are being examined. The rescue operation is still going on.
(WIth inputs from IANS)