A massive fire at a four-storey commercial building near Mundka metro station in west Delhi has killed at least 27 people and injured dozens more. More than 40 people were burned and hospitalized. About 60-70 people were rescued from the building, police said.
According to fire department officials, the fire was reported around 4.45 pm, after which more than 30 fire tender services were called. The building caught fire near Pillar No. 544 of Delhi Metro.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the death and said that Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund will be given to the relatives of those who lost their lives and Rs 50,000 to the injured.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of life in the tragic fire in Delhi. My thoughts are with the bereaved family. I wish the injured a speedy recovery, “Modi said in a tweet.
President Ram Nath Kobind, Home Minister Amit Shah, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have also expressed grief over the loss of life. Kejriwal said he was in constant touch with officials involved in the rescue operation.