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10L Ex-gratia To Kin of Those Who Died, Says CM Kejriwal on Visit to Site, Promises 'Punishment' to Guilty, Probe Ordered

As many as 27 people died and 12 got injured as a massive blaze broke out at the four-storey commercial building in Mundka, police said.

News18.com | May 14, 2022, 22:48 IST

Tragic scenes were witnessed in outer Delhi’s Mundka where a massive fire engulfed a building, killing at least 27 people, and forcing many to jump off the windows or use ropes to slide down to safety. As many as 27 people died and 12 got injured as a massive blaze broke out at the four-storey commercial building in Mundka, police said. Read More

May 14, 2022 18:48 IST

Mundka Fire: NDMC Seeks Building Plan Approval, Fire NOC Details from Zonal Authorities in 48 Hrs

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Saturday sought a detailed report from Narela Zone authorities, including the type of area and tentative year of construction, of the building in Mundka where a massive fire broke out claiming the lives of at least 27 people, officials said. Frantic relatives were still searching for their loved ones as police said 29 people were unaccounted for.

May 14, 2022 17:36 IST

Mundka Fire Tragedy: Family Members Await Identification of Victims

Standing outside a city hospital here on Saturday, Ludhiana resident Aman Kumar broke down while talking about his fiancee, who was among the several people killed in a massive fire in Delhi’s Mundka. Grieving relatives gathered at the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital at Mangolpuri as many of them awaited identification of charred bodies of their kin.

May 14, 2022 16:58 IST

Illegal Structures, Scant Regard for Fire Safety Norms Led to Loss of Lives in Fires in Delhi

Scant regard for fire safety norms, buildings functioning without required clearances and illegal factories have led to loss of precious lives in fire incidents in Delhi in recent years, with the blaze in Mundka on Friday being the latest. In terms of casualties, Friday’s fire at the commercial building was the largest since the blaze at a factory in the Anaj Mandi area and the second largest since the Uphaar Cinema tragedy in 1997.

May 14, 2022 16:39 IST

Mundka Fire: 29 Still Missing; Death Toll Likely to Rise as More Charred Remains Found

A day after a massive building fire in outer Delhi’s Mundka claimed 27 lives, frantic relatives were still searching for their loved ones as police said 29 people were unaccounted for. According to the fire department, the death toll could rise up to 30 as charred remains were found in the building during cooling operations on Saturday morning. Twelve injured were undergoing treatment at a hospital here.

May 14, 2022 15:16 IST

Identity of Seven deceased persons has been established: officials

Identity of Seven deceased persons has been established in the fire incident, officials said. The list:

1) Tania Bhushan d/o Sh. Chandra Bhushan

2) Mohini Pal w/o Sh. Vijay Pal

3) Yashoda Devi w/o Sh. Vishwajit

4) Ranju Devi w/o Sh. Santosh

5) Vishal s/o Sh. Mithlesh

6) Drishti s/o Sh. Ganpat

7) Kailash Jyani s/o Bahadur Ram Jyani

May 14, 2022 14:52 IST

Mundka building's single entry-exit point made escape difficult, officials say

The Mundka building which was ravaged by a fire that claimed 27 lives had a single entry and exit point, which could explain the reason for the high number of casualties, a senior fire department officer said on Saturday. The building also did not have a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department, the officer added. The fire started from the first floor of the building that houses the office of a CCTV camera and router manufacturing and assembling company on Friday. The owners of the company, Harish Goel and his brother Varun Goel, who were detained earlier, have been arrested, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Sameer Sharma said. The building owner has been booked as well. In videos that emerged on social media, people could be heard crying for help while others were seen jumping from the building in a desperate attempt to escape the flames. “The rescue operation is over. The building had a single escape route which is the reason for so many casualties,” said Atul Garg, Director, Delhi Fire Service.

May 14, 2022 13:34 IST

Delhi LG 'Deeply Pained' by Mundka Fire

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Saturday said he was “deeply pained” by the loss of lives in the Mundka fire tragedy and called for immediate steps to prevent the recurrence of such an incident in future. He also extended his condolences to the bereaved families. “Deeply pained by the tragic fire incident in Mundka, Delhi. Despite best rescue efforts many precious lives were lost. My deepest Condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for speedy recovery of those injured,” Baijal tweeted. “Even as we go into the details of causes behind the tragedy, immediate steps should be taken by all concerned to ensure that such incidents do not recur,” he said. At least 27 people were killed and 12 injured after a massive fire ripped through a four-storey building in Mundka on Friday.

May 14, 2022 12:37 IST

Day after fire, relatives await information on missing loved ones

A day after the massive fire at a four-storey building left at least 27 people dead and many missing, distraught relatives at the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital here were still looking for their loved ones. Among them, are family members of Praveen who said they have been searching for him since the fire broke out at the building in Mundka on Friday. “We have no idea where he is. The hospital authorities are also not saying anything. Praveen’s phone is not reachable. We are just hoping that he is okay,” they said. Many were seen uttering a silent prayer as the fear of the worst loomed large. The fire had started from the first floor of the commercial building that houses the office of a CCTV camera and router manufacturing and assembling company. It is suspected that an explosion in an AC may have triggered it.

May 14, 2022 11:45 IST

Help Desk Set Up at Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital: Call These Numbers to Enquire

A Help Desk set up at Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital where people injured in yesterday’s incident of fire at Mundka are admitted. Civil Defence Officer, SP Tomar says, “This is to help the people whose loved ones are missing or injured, so that they get the correct info”

The numbers posted: 01125195529/011251000093 Whatsapp: 7982661695

May 14, 2022 11:30 IST

CM Kejriwal Announces Rs 10 Lakh Ex-gratia, Promises Punishment to Those Guilty

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia to the family members of those who had died in the fire. He said a magisterial probe had been ordered and said the ‘guilty would be punished’.

May 14, 2022 11:21 IST

Mundka Fire LIVE Updates: CM Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia Arrive at Site

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Minister Manish Sisodia have reached the site of the incident. Rescue and search operations are on while family members are searching for their missing relatives

May 14, 2022 10:31 IST

Mundka Building 'Didn't Have Fire Dept Clearance'. These Safety Plans Save Lives & are 'Hardly Followed'

Tragedies continue to unfold in Delhi’s Mundka, after a horrific blaze in a multistoried commercial building killed 27 people and injured 12 others. Authorities say the death toll is likely to go up, even as distraught family members search for their missing relatives.

The stories that are now coming to light – people jumping from the building to escape – are mortifying. But they are sadly not new. India has seen its fair share of terrible fire disasters, with a commonality – unmet fire safety regulations and permissions. Search operations continue at the building, which contained mainly shops. READ MORE

May 14, 2022 10:07 IST

Mundka Fire LIVE Updates: Charred Human Remains Found on 2nd Floor, Death Toll Likely to Go Up, Say Officials; 28 'Missing' Complaints Filed

Charred human remains were found on Saturday on the second floor of the building in outer Delhi’s Mundka area where a massive fire broke out a day back, Delhi Fire Service officials said. Twenty-seven people have died so far in the blaze that ripped through the four-storey building on Friday. The fire started from the first floor that houses the office of a CCTV camera and router manufacturing and assembling company, the police have said. The owners of the company, Harish Goel and his brother Varun Goel, who were detained earlier, have been arrested, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Sameer Sharma said. “Charred human remains were found on the second floor of the building during a search operation by our fire fighters. But we cannot say if it is the remains of one body or several bodies. Though the fire has been doused, the cooling and search operations still continues,” said Atul Garg, Director, Delhi Fire Services. At present, two fire tenders are present at the spot, he said. According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Sameer Sharma, the company owners — Harish Goel and Vijay Goel who were detained have been arrested in connection with the incident.

May 14, 2022 09:21 IST

Delhi: 27 Dead, Several Feared Trapped in Fire Near Mundka Metro Station; Rescue Ops Underway

At least 27 people have died and several others are feared trapped after a massive fire broke out in a four-storey commercial building near pillar number 545 at Mundka metro station in west Delhi, officials said. Delhi Fire Service Director Atul Garg told CNN-News18 that the third floor of the building is yet to be searched and more dead bodies are expected to be recovered. READ MORE

May 14, 2022 08:53 IST

Mundka Fire LIVE Updates: 28 'Missing' Complaints as Families Continue Desperate Search

“We’ve received 28 missing person complaints. We’re collecting complainants’ details & their relation with the missing person. We’ve put up a helpline number from DM West. They’ll be informed as soon as we get any info”: Sunil Kumar, Civil Defence, at Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital to ANI.

May 14, 2022 08:36 IST

UP CM Adityanath Condoles Loss of Lives

The loss of lives in an unfortunate horrific fire accident in Delhi yesterday is extremely sad and heartbreaking. My condolences are with the bereaved family members. Praying to Lord Shri Ram to grant peace to the soul of the dead and speedy recovery to the injured: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

May 14, 2022 08:20 IST

Mundka Fire LIVE Updates: Death Toll Likely to Go Up, Say Authorities Amid Search Ops

Sources told CNN-News18 the death toll in the Mundka fire was likely to go up, assessing findings of the contuining search operations. 27 had been declared dead yesterday, but many people are still looking for their relatives reported missing.

May 14, 2022 07:51 IST

Mundka Fire LIVE Updates: Distraught Relatives Look for Missing Family Members

Another woman was frantically looking for her elder daughter who also works at the CCTV camera packaging unit. “My daughter Pooja has been working at the CCTV camera packaging unit for the last three months. We live in Mubarakpur and got to know about the incident at 9 pm. She has a cut mark below her left eye. We are looking for her at various hospitals. She is the sole breadwinner of our family of four. Her two younger sisters study in a school,” the woman said.

May 14, 2022 07:48 IST

Mundka Fire LIVE Updates: Distraught Relatives Look for Missing Family Members

The distraught relatives of the victims of a fire incident in a commercial building at Delhi’s Mundka thronged the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital on Friday night looking for their family members. One of them, Ajit Tiwari, said his sister Monika (21) is missing since the incident.

“She started working at a CCTV camera packaging unit last month and received her first salary on Thursday. We got to know about the fire at 5 pm, but had no idea that the blaze occurred at her office building. When she did not return home by 7 pm, we started looking for her,” Tiwari said. Monika lives with her two brothers and a sister at Delhi’s Agar Nagar. She hails from Gonda district in Uttar Pradesh.

May 14, 2022 07:44 IST

Mundka Fire LIVE Updates: No Firefighter Injured In the Ops

Mundka is close to the Delhi-Haryana border. In the night, traffic snarls started in the area with the entry of trucks. The police, however, did not specify other details like the gender or age of the deceased. Delhi Chief Fire Service Officer Atul Garg said no firefighter was injured in the operation.

The fire started from the first floor and spread to the other floors, police said. In videos that emerged on the social media, people could be heard crying for help while others were seen jumping from the building in a desperate attempt to escape the flames.

There were videos where people could be seen using ropes to escape the building from where thick black smoke was coming out. Locals were also seen providing them help in reaching to safety. Some survivors also used a narrow space in the building to climb down. The police said some people were injured while trying to escape and were shifted to the hospital.

In order to rescue those who were trapped, the fire department deployed cranes while police officials broke the windows of the building to help the people. Following a six-hour long firefighting operation, the blaze was brought under control. Police, fire department and NDRF teams were involved in the rescue work. The fire department is currently carrying out cooling operations.

Mundka is close to the Delhi-Haryana border. In the night, traffic snarls started in the area with the entry of trucks. The police, however, did not specify other details like the gender or age of the deceased. Delhi Chief Fire Service Officer Atul Garg said no firefighter was injured in the operation.

The distraught relatives of the victims of a fire incident in a commercial building at Delhi’s Mundka thronged the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital on Friday night looking for their family members. One of them, Ajit Tiwari, said his sister Monika (21) is missing since the incident.

“She started working at a CCTV camera packaging unit last month and received her first salary on Thursday. We got to know about the fire at 5 pm, but had no idea that the blaze occurred at her office building. When she did not return home by 7 pm, we started looking for her,” Tiwari said. Monika lives with her two brothers and a sister at Delhi’s Agar Nagar. She hails from Gonda district in Uttar Pradesh.

Another woman was frantically looking for her elder daughter who also works at the CCTV camera packaging unit. “My daughter Pooja has been working at the CCTV camera packaging unit for the last three months. We live in Mubarakpur and got to know about the incident at 9 pm. She has a cut mark below her left eye. We are looking for her at various hospitals. She is the sole breadwinner of our family of four. Her two younger sisters study in a school,” the woman said.

According to fire department officials, information about the blaze was received around 4.40 pm following which 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Ankit, who works at one of the offices in the building, said a motivational session was going on at the second floor when the fire broke out.

“I am very fortunate that I am alive. I could have also lost my life. A motivational session was going on at the second floor of the building when we noticed the blaze. We broke the glass windows and somehow managed to escape,” he said. Another man said his aunt is missing.

With PTI inputs

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