Around 50 people were involved in a one-room meeting when a massive fire broke out in a four-storey commercial building near Mundka metro station in Delhi. During the meeting, people were trapped inside as the door of the room was closed. So far 27 people have died in this fire.
According to the information, a fire brigade official said that the rescue operation is now over at the spot of the fire near Mundka metro station. He claimed that the death toll could be 30. The death toll in the fire incident has officially risen to 27 while 25 bodies are yet to be identified.
During the search operation on Saturday morning, fire officials recovered some remains, which is expected to increase the death toll. Meanwhile, the number of people missing from the building in the fire incident has risen to 29, including 24 women and 5 men.
An official present at the spot said that in the morning we have found some more remains, which seem to be the bodies of 2-3 people. The death toll could reach 30. The fire spread rapidly due to the plastic material kept in the building. He said that a meeting of 50 people was going on there before the fire broke out and people were trapped inside as the door was closed. The rescue work is over and we are closing it.
Earlier today, West Delhi DM Kirti Garg along with ADM Dharmendra Kumar visited the spot. The ADM said those with minor injuries have been discharged after treatment, while seven unidentified bodies were brought to the hospital. About 80 people were working in the building. Our priority is to complete the rescue operation.
Bimla, a woman who was injured in the fire, said that we were all sitting in a meeting. Suddenly the power went out and someone said that a plume of smoke was rising. After this there was chaos, windows were broken and people threw ropes at us to get down.
We do not know when the fire started. There was no way out. There was only one exit, where the fire had broken out. We were on the third floor. There were another 250-300 people there.