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Dozens die as blaze guts office building in India capital Delhi Dozens die as blaze guts office building in India capital Delhi
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Fire has swept through a four-storey office building in Delhi, killing at least 26 people and injuring at least 12, emergency services say. Fire has swept through a four-storey office building in Delhi, killing at least 27 people and injuring at least 12, emergency services say.
Some 20 fire engines were deployed to tackle the blaze near Mundka metro station in the west of India's capital. More than 70 people were in the building when the fire started and police broke windows and used ropes to rescue people.
More than 70 people were in the building when the fire started, the Hindustan Times reports. Some 20 fire engines were used to put out the blaze near Mundka metro station in the west of India's capital.
Police broke windows and used ropes to rescue people. A short circuit is thought to have started the fire.
The death toll could rise as the fire continued to rage into the night and rescue operations continued, Delhi Fire Services chief Atul Garg was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. Indian media report that two arrests have been made.
According to an unconfirmed report, one arrest has been made in connection with the blaze. Offering his condolences over the loss of lives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised 200,000 rupees (£2,118; $2,580) to next-of-kin in compensation for each death.
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said in a tweet: "Distressed by the tragic fire accident at a building near Mundka Metro Station in Delhi. My condolences to the bereaved families. I wish for speedy recovery of the injured." After the fire was extinguished, a rescue operation continued. "It will take time given the vastness of the area," Sunil Choudhary, deputy chief fire officer, was quoted as saying by Times of India.
Most of the bodies were reportedly found on the second.
Local official Jogi Ram Jain, said preliminary reports suggested a short circuit had caused the fire and that the building did not have proper fire safety certification.
"We have initiated an inquiry and if any municipal officials are found to be at fault, strict action will be taken," he was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.