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

national disaster response force (ndrf) and fire brigade personnel conduct a search and rescue operation after a fire broke out in a commercial building, in new delhi
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and fire brigade personnel conduct a search and rescue operation after a fire broke out in a commercial building, in New Delhi, India, May 14, 2022. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Police in New Delhi arrested two people suspected of flouting fire safety regulations on Saturday after at least 27 people died in a blaze at a building housing a manufacturing unit for surveillance cameras.

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

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

Authorities said fire started in an office on the first floor and spread rapidly. Two owners of the company were arrested as part of probe to identify suspected safety violations.

Offering condolences, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised 200,000 rupees ($2,580) in compensation for the victims’ next-of-kin.

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