India: Two arrested after Delhi fire left 27 dead

India: Two arrested after Delhi fire left 27 dead
India: Two arrested after Delhi fire left 27 dead

Indian police arrested the owners of the company after the fire broke out in their office, located in a four-storey commercial building in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on suspicion of violating fire safety procedures, police and fire officials said.

Rescue teams worked through the night to clear the burning building, which houses shops and is located in the Mundka area and near a railway station in the western suburbs of the capital, New Delhi.

More than 75 people were in the building when the fire broke out on Friday evening, Reuters reported.

More than 20 firefighting vehicles tried to control the fire, while eyewitnesses said that some jumped from windows to escape, and firefighters broke glass and rescued people with ropes.

Authorities said a fire broke out in a company office on the first floor and spread quickly.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said on Twitter: “Sad for the tragic fire incident in a building near Mundka subway station in Delhi. My condolences to the grieving families. I wish speedy recovery for the injured,” according to the Associated Press.

Fires are common in India, where safety regulations and laws from builders and residents are often ignored.

In 2019, a fire caused by an electrical short in a building in New Delhi killed 43 people.

The article is in Arabic

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