Delhi fire tragedy: Several people go missing after Mundka blaze

Mundka blaze now under control, says fire official

New Delhi: Several people were reported missing after a massive fire broke out in a four-storey building near Mundka metro station in Delhi on Friday evening.

Panic gripped the kin of those who went missing after the fire mishap as they were unable to find their loved ones.

“We are searching for her (Yashoda Devi) but we didn’t find her. We got to know about the fire from one of my friends. We immediately reached here and looked for Yashoda everywhere, even in hospitals,” Govind, one of the family members told ANI.

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“I got a call from Muskaan that a huge fire broke out in the building here. She requested to save her from the spot. We immediately reached her office and since then, we are not able to connect with her. We looked for her everywhere, every hospital, but failed to find her,” said Nargis, Muskan’s family member.

As many as 27 bodies have been recovered from the building that caught fire yesterday evening so and twelve people have been injured in the accident.

However, the fire officials informed that the Mundka blaze is now under control.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has also reached the spot for rescue operations. A total of 50 people were rescued so far, according to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer District) Sameer Sharma.

Firefighters try to douse a fire (PTI Photo)
Firefighters try to douse a fire that broke out in a building at Mundka (PTI Photo)

Earlier in the day, on preliminary enquiry, it was found that it is a four-story commercial building generally used for providing office space for companies, the police said.

Fire Brigade personnel carry out rescue work after a massive fire (PTI Photo)

The fire broke on the 1st floor of the building which is an office of CCTV cameras and router manufacturing company. The owners of the company are in police custody.

Building did not have fire NOC, says police

Hours after the fire came under control, police said the commercial building did not have fire NOC while also informing that the building owner is absconding.

The police official said that the building owner has been identified as Manish Lakra.

“The building did not have a fire NOC. The owner of the building has been identified as Manish Lakra who lived on the top floor. Lakra is currently absconding, teams are on the job and he will be nabbed soon,” Sharma told reporters.

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