Office building fire in India’s capital kills at least 27

A massive fire broke out on Friday night at a four-story office building in the Indian capital, killing at least 27 people and injuring several, the fire control room said.

Dozens of people were rescued from the building, which contains mostly shops, the control room said. The building is located in the Mundka area of ​​western New Delhi.

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The cause of the fire and other details were not immediately released.

More than 20 fire engines were trying to extinguish the flames.

“Distressed by the tragic fire accident in a building near the Mundka metro station in Delhi. My condolences to the bereaved families. I wish the wounded a speedy recovery,” tweeted Indian President Ram Nath Kovind.

Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety regulations are often flouted by builders and residents.

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

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