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India.  Fire kills at least 26 in New Delhi

Twenty-seven people died in an accidental fire in New Delhi on Friday, the Indian emergency services announced. “The fire is now out. The total number of dead is 27. Search operations are underway,” a firefighter official told AFP.

Sunil Choudhary, deputy fire chief of Delhi, put the death toll slightly lower at 26. “More than 25 people are injured, including those who jumped from the building,” he told AFP. The third floor of the building has yet to be searched and more corpses may be found there, CNN-News18 said, citing Delhi Fire Department Atul Garg.

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More than 40 people suffered burns and were hospitalized, according to media reports. About 60 to 70 people were rescued from the building.

Building owner arrested

The fire broke out in a four-storey commercial building in West Delhi in the late afternoon. He declared himself on the first floor, which houses the offices of a company manufacturing security cameras and routers, NDTV said, citing police chief Sameer Sharma. About 30 fire engines were still on site, as well as ambulances.

the Times of India said the owner of the building had been arrested. Fires are common in India due to poor practices in the construction industry and lack of compliance with safety regulations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences to the relatives of the victims. “Extremely saddened by the loss of life due to a tragic fire in Delhi. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I wish a speedy recovery to the injured. »