Death toll in Mundka fire rises to 30: Officials
Flames and smoke began to rise after a fire broke out in a building near Mundka metro station in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI PHOTOS / ANI PICKS SERVICE)
New Delhi: The rescue operation is now over at the site of the fire near Mundka metro station, said fire officials who claimed that the death toll could be 30.
The death toll in the fire incident has officially risen to 27 while 25 bodies are yet to be identified.
During the search operation this morning, fire officials recovered some remains which they suspected to be the bodies of the deceased.
“In the morning we found some more remains, it seems to be the bodies of 2-3 people. The death toll could reach 30. The fire spread rapidly due to the plastic material kept in the building,” said an official present at the site.
“A meeting of 50 people was going on when the fire broke out, and as soon as the door closed, they were trapped inside. The rescue operation has been completed and we are calling it off.”
Earlier today, West Delhi District Magistrate Kirti Garg along with ADM Dharmendra Kumar visited the spot.
“Those with minor injuries were released after first aid, while seven unidentified bodies were brought to the hospital. About 80 people were working in the dilapidated building. Our priority is to complete the rescue operation,” the ADM said.
Meanwhile, the number of people missing from the building in the fire incident rose to 29, including 24 women and 5 men.
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