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Building fire kills 27 in New Delhi, police arrest business owners

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NEW DELHI – New Delhi police on Saturday arrested two people suspected of flouting fire safety rules after at least 27 people died in a fire at a building housing a surveillance camera manufacturing unit.

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Rescue teams worked overnight to clear the burnt-out four-storey building near a train station in the western suburbs.

More than 75 people were in the building when the fire broke out on Friday evening. Some jumped out of windows to save themselves, eyewitnesses said, and firefighters smashed the glass and rescued people with ropes.

Onlookers gather outside a burnt down commercial building a day after a fire broke out, in New Delhi on May 14, 2022. Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN

Authorities said the fire started in a first-floor office and spread rapidly. Two owners of the business have been arrested as part of an investigation to identify suspected security breaches.

Offering his condolences, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged 200,000 rupees ($3,334) in compensation to relatives of the victims.