Delhi Fire Services chief Atul Garg said that the toll could go up as the fire continued to rage till Friday night and a rescue operation was still underway.
At least 16 dead in a massive fire in Mundka, Delhi. Read more here: https://t.co/pyF9p6WBhG pic.twitter.com/JxVeAeLzTA
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) May 13, 2022
During the day, Delhi Fire Services had sent 27 fire tenders to the spot. Garg said: “It’s a massive fire. So far, we have recovered 20 bodies from first and second floor and teams are now trying to reach the third floor. All the bodies are charred.”
On Friday night, Delhi Police DCP (Outer) Sameer Sharma said: “It’s a tragic incident… 26 dead bodies confirmed.”
The building where the fire broke out was an office complex where CCTVs were manufactured, officials said. The fire is likely to have started from the first floor and spread to the second and third, they said.
Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire in Delhi. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 13, 2022
Shocked and pained to know abt this tragic incident. I am constantly in touch wid officers. Our brave firemen are trying their best to control the fire and save lives. God bless all. https://t.co/qmL43Qbd88
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 13, 2022
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.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) May 13, 2022
Till Friday night, efforts were underway to douse the flames which could be seen raging from the upper floors.