At least 27 dead in New Delhi building fire

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At least 27 dead in New Delhi building fire

NEW DELHI - Rescuers were searching for victims in the ruins of a New Delhi commercial building that was damaged by fire the night before, killing at least 27 people. Officials warned that the toll could rise.

The fire began just before 5 p.m. Friday in a four-story building that housed a number of manufacturing operations that made closed-circuit television cameras. Most of the dead were assembly line workers, officials said.

Videos taken at the scene -- in the Mundka neighborhood in western New Delhi, the Indian capital -- showed smoke coming out of the building's windows as crowds watched firefighters rescue people who had been trapped inside.

Atul Garg, New Delhi's chief fire officer, said firefighters had initially struggled to reach the building because the area is heavily congested. He said around 130 firefighters were sent to the scene, and the fire was extinguished about five hours after it started.