27 dead after massive fire breaks out in building in Delhi's Mundka, India
27 people died after a massive fire broke out at an office building in Mundka in Delhi, India, at around 16h45 on Friday, 13 May 2022. According to the Delhi Police, people were still trapped in the building as of Friday night. Search and rescue operations were underway. "Fire fighting operation has been concluded. Rescue operation continues, it will take time given the vastness of the area," Deputy Chief Fire Officer Sunil Choudhary was quoted. When the fire broke out, the local police reached the spot immediately and broke the windows of the office building to rescue those trapped inside.
More than 30 fire engines were rushed to the spot to control the situation. An ambulance also reached the site of the fire to provide immediate medical assistance to the victims.
According to initial reports it is suspected that an explosion in an AC may have triggered the fire. More than 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the flames. The fire broke out on the first floor of the building, which serves as the office for a company that manufactures CCTV cameras and routers.
Over 50 employees of the company have been rescued. The owner of the company, meanwhile, has been detained by the police.
Those injured were admitted to the hospital.
On preliminary inquiry, it has been learnt that the four-storey building is used as office space for multiple companies.
Police arrested the two owners of a company that manufactures and sells security cameras after a massive fire reportedly started in their office, police and fire officials said. The police registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and a criminal conspiracy that is punishable with life imprisonment or 10 years in jail.
The building had no clearance from the fire department and it was not equipped with fire safety equipment like extinguishers, said Atul Garg, director of Delhi Fire Services. Garg said the fire started on the first floor of the building on Friday evening and spread quickly to other areas where inflammable plastic material used to manufacture equipment including security cameras and a large quantity of cardboard used for packaging were stored.
PM Modi tweeted, "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."
The Prime Minister's Office tweeted that Rs2 lakh would be given to the next of kin of all those who lost their lives in the fire. Those injured will be given Rs 50 000 each.
Reacting to the incident, President Ram Nath Kovind said, "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."
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote, "Shocked and pained to know about this tragic incident. I am constantly in touch with officers. Our brave firemen are trying their best to control the fire and save lives. God bless all."
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the administration is engaged in relief and rescue work, adding that the NDRF will reach the national capital soon. "The fire incident in Delhi's Mundka is very sad. I am in constant touch with the concerned officials, and the administration is engaged in relief and rescue work. NDRF is also reaching there soon. Our priority is to evacuate people and provide immediate treatment to the injured," Minister Amit Shah said.
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, "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."
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh wrote, "The fire in Mundaka, Delhi is extremely horrific. My thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones in this tragedy. Praying for the quick recovery of those who are injured."
Meanwhile, BJP leader Manoj Tiwari blamed the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi for the incident. He tweeted in Hindi, "Has this become the destiny of Delhiites under the Aam Aadmi Party? Every year such accidents happen in Delhi but Kejriwal government is not doing anything."
Sources: India Today