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Four Killed After Fire Breaks Out in Building in Delhi's Seemapuri; Another Blaze Reported in Greater Noida

An ambulance seen outside a building in Delhi's Seemapuri after four person were found dead in a fire that broke out at top floor. (News18)

An ambulance seen outside a building in Delhi's Seemapuri after four person were found dead in a fire that broke out at top floor. (News18)

Officials said that a fire call was received at 4 am in the morning in Old Seemapuri, after which four fire tenders were rushed to the site.

Four members of a family were found dead on Tuesday after a fire broke out in a building in Delhi’s Old Seemapuri area. The victims died after inhaling smoke coming out from the fire, officials said.

According to Delhi Police officials, the fire broke out at the top floor of a three-storey building in Old Seemapuri area on Tuesday morning.

Officials said that a fire call was received at 4 am in the morning in Old Seemapuri, after which four fire tenders were rushed to the site. They added that the deaths were likely due to asphyxiation.

A 59-year-old Hori Lal, working as a peon at Shastri Bhawan, is said to among the dead. The four victims, members of the same family, include the peon’s wife Reena and their two children.

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A report in The Indian Express said the fire was caused by a short circuit because of an electric mosquito repellent diffuser.

“The incident took place at around 3 am when they all were sleeping on the second floor of their house. Lal’s other son, Akshay (22) was sleeping on the first floor and was rescued from the building,” a senior police officer reportedly said.

Meanwhile, a fire broke out inside a sweets shop in Greater Noida Tuesday morning, police officials said. No person was harmed in the incident which took place in Sector Alpha 2 under Beta 2 police station area, they said.

The fire was doused with the help of Fire Department officials before 9 am, a police official said. An electrical short circuit was suspected to have triggered the blaze, but the exact cause could be ascertained after a probe, police said. The extent of damage caused to property was being evaluated, they added.

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first published:October 26, 2021, 08:27 IST