New Delhi: At least 27 people died and 12 were injured after a fire broke out in a four-storey commercial building in west Delhi's Mundka on Friday evening, police said.
The victims' identities have yet to be revealed by the police. Sanjay Gandhi Hospital has been notified of the injuries. According to officials, at least 50 people have been evacuated from the building, with several still trapped inside.
Cranes were used by the Delhi Fire Service to rescue persons trapped in the blaze. However, when the fire spread throughout the structure, some people leaped out the windows to escape the flames, while others used ropes to descend.
According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Sameer Sharma, the fire started on the first level of the building, which houses the office of a CCTV camera and router manufacturing company.
Harish and Varun Goel, the company's proprietors, have been arrested, according to authorities. Manish Lakra, the owner of the building that did not have fire department safety clearance, has been identified and is on the run, according to police.
The fire started on the second level, where a motivational speech event was taking place. This event drew a large number of attendees. According to the early investigation, the majority of the deaths occurred on this floor.
Information about the incident was received about 4.40 p.m., according to fire department authorities, and 24 fire tenders were dispatched to the scene.