The blaze broke out at a residential building in southeast Delhi’s Zakir Nagar, a densely-populated neighborhood, at around 2 am.
Six individuals, including two children, have passed on and 11 injured in a blaze that broke out at a residential building in southeast Delhi before the end of last night.
The fire in the four-storey building in Zakir Nagar, a densely-populated neighborhood close Jamia Millia Islamia University, broke out at around 2 am. Most inhabitants in the 13 flats were fast asleep when the fire began due to a short circuit in electricity meters.
Around 20 people were rescued from the spot. Among the injured are the people who jumped off the building to save themselves. The injured ones have been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Two fire-fighters are among the wounded.
Around 19 motorbikes and seven cars were damaged in the fire.
“Five patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), some are in the ward, and one is in the pediatric ICU. Everything is under control. We have specialists to look after the patients,” said Dr. Mala, Chief Medical Officer at Holy Family Hospital.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the site and said the cause of the fire would be probed. He announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh each for the families of those who died.
Eight fire engines were brought to the spot, and the fire has been doused.