Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Saturday visited the spot where a massive fire broke out in a 3-story commercial building near Mundka metro station killing at least 27 people. The CM also announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured and a magistrate-level inquiry will also be initiated.
As many as 27 people died after a massive fire broke out at a three-storey commercial building near Mundka metro station in west Delhi. Over 50 people have been rescued from the building, while several others are still trapped inside. Delhi Fire Service Chief Officer Atul Garg said the fire occurred due to an electricity blast. He added that the death toll is expected to rise as several charred remains have been found in the debris. Still, 29 are missing, five are men while 24 are women.
Delhi Fire Service Chief Officer Atul Garg has said there were many major loopholes in the commercial building that caught fire in Mundka on Friday. Garg said the building was not approved and had no NOC, adding there was only one exit gate and no fire protection. It was overloaded with a lot of material and there was no proper compartment, he said. A lot of plastic was used in the factory. The owners of the company, Harish Goel and his brother Varun Goel, who were detained earlier, have been arrested, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Sameer Sharma said.
“In the morning we have got some more remains, seems like the bodies of 2-3 people. The death toll might reach 30. The fire increased rapidly due to lots of plastic material in the building,” the official said.”Meeting of 50 people was underway when the fire broke out. As the door was closed they were trapped inside. Rescue work is over and we are winding it up,” he added.
Yesterday, the fire broke out on the first floor of the building near Mundka metro station which is the office of a CCTV and router manufacturing company.