26 killed in building fire in India's capital

26 killed in building fire in India's capital

A National Disaster Response Force member stands near the site of a massive fire that broke out on May 14, 2022 in the western Mundka area of New Delhi. JALEES ANDRABI AFP NEW DELHI - At least 26 people died in a four-storey building near a railway station in the western suburb of Delhi on Friday, police said.

Television footage showed smoke billowing from the windows of the building, with firefighters helping those trapped in the upper floors to escape as hundreds watched.

The police statement said that 12 injured were admitted to a local hospital after police broke windows of the building to help rescue those inside and had the injured admitted to the hospital.

The fire broke out in the first floor of a building that houses the office of a surveillance camera manufacturing company, police said.

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The building, which rents office space, is located near a railway station in western Delhi suburb Mundka and is about 23 kilometres 14 miles away from the national capital New Delhi.

Over 50 people have been rescued and firefighters are working to control the fire, the police said, adding that ambulances were also on site.

More than 30 fire tenders of the fire brigade were pressed into service to control the fire, the police said.

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