India: Two arrested after Delhi fire that killed 27

Indian police have arrested the owners of the business after the fire broke out in their office, located in a four-story commercial building in India’s capital, New Delhi, on suspicion of breaching fire safety procedures , police and firefighters said.

Rescue teams worked through the night to clear the burning building, which houses shops and is located in the Mundka neighborhood and close to a train station in the western suburbs of the capital, New Delhi.

More than 75 people were in the building when the fire broke out on Friday evening, Reuters reported.

More than 20 fire engines tried to bring the blaze under control, while eyewitnesses said some jumped out of windows to escape, and firefighters smashed windows and rescued people with ropes.

Authorities said a fire started in a company office on the first floor and spread rapidly.

India’s President Ram Nath Kovind said on Twitter: “Sad for the tragic fire at a building near Mundka metro station in Delhi. My condolences to the bereaved families. I wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” according to the Associated Press.

Fires are common in India, where safety rules and builder and resident laws are often ignored.

In 2019, a fire caused by an electrical short circuit in a building in New Delhi killed 43 people.

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