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Devastating fire kills at least 43 in Indian capital

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

08th Dec, 2019. 11:06 am
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At least 43 people burned to death on Sunday in a major fire that broke out in a building in a grains market in central New Delhi.

Rescue and fire department officials have rescued more than fifty people, many of whom are critical.

Indian media reported that Dr. Kishore Singh, of a government run hospital said the victims were brought to the hospital by rescuers.

Another 15 people were being treated for burns or smoke inhalation. They are in stable condition, Singh said.

The fire was reported at around 5.22 am, following which 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot in Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road in Delhi.

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh prays for speedy recovery of injured.

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed his condolences to the affected families and prayed for a speedy recovery of those who got injured in the fire incident.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind in a tweet expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the tragic incident and wished a speedy recovery to those who got injured.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Fire Services chief Atul Garg said the blaze was put out by 25 fire trucks and the rescue operation completed. He said that 56 people had been moved out of the area.

The fire broke out around 5:30 a.m.

Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety norms are often flouted by builders and residents. In December, a late-night fire in a Mumbai restaurant killed 15 people.

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