Fire destroys 4-storey building in India, at least 27 people die

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia

Fire devoured a four-storey commercial building in New Delhi, India, on Friday (13/5). At least 27 people died and dozens were injured in this unfortunate incident.

“The fire is now out. The death toll is 27. Search operations are underway,” a fire official said. AFP.

Based on reports NDTV cited AFPmore than 40 people suffered burns and were hospitalized.

Police chief Sameer Sharma said the fire started in the afternoon. The fire broke out on the first floor of the building, which houses the offices of the company that manufactures security cameras and routers. More than 30 fire engines are still on site as well as ambulances.

Delhi Fire Officer Atul Garg told CNN-News18 TV that the third floor of the building was not searched. He expected more bodies to be found.

However, police confirmed that between 60 and 70 people had been rescued from the building. The Times of India reports that the owner of the building has been arrested.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences to the victims and the families of the victims of the fire.

“Deeply saddened by the loss of life due to the tragic fire in Delhi. My heart goes out to the bereaved families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery,” Modi said on his official Twitter account @Narendra Modi.

Fires are common in India due to poor building practices, overcrowding and failure to follow safety regulations.


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