New Delhi: A massive fire broke out in a building near the metro station in West Delhi on Friday evening. About two dozen fire tenders of the fire department have been dispatched to the spot. During the rescue operation, a woman died while evacuating people trapped inside with a hydraulic crane.
News agency ANI quoted DCP, Outer district Sameer Sharma as saying fire was spread on two floors. “Police force deployed with the area being cordoned off… Fire on two floors,” he was quoted as saying.
“A total of 16 bodies were recovered from the 3-storey commercial building, which had caught fire this evening near Delhi’s Mundka metro station. The third floor is yet to be searched,” said Atul Garg, Delhi Fire Director.
The fire broke out in a building near pillar number 544, Mundka metro station, they said, adding the process of dousing the flames is underway.
The owner of the company is currently in police custody. “The deceased woman is yet to be identified. Rescue operation on. Police force deployed with the area being cordoned off. About 15 fire tenders are at the spot, & more coming in. Fire on two floors. About 50-60 people were rescued, and 2-3 injured,” said Sameer Sharma, DCP, Outer district.
Officials said the fire broke out in a building located near pillar number 544 of Mundka metro station.
On receiving information about the fire, police personnel reached the spot and the people trapped in the building were rescued by breaking the window panes and the injured were admitted to a hospital. Outer Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Sameer Sharma said that preliminary investigation has revealed that the three-storey commercial building houses the offices of the companies.
“The fire initiated from the first floor of the building which is an office of a CCTV cameras and router manufacturing company,” a police officer was quoted as saying.