Deadly fire in New Delhi commercial building kills at least 27

A violent fire broke out Friday evening in a four-storey commercial building in the Indian capital, killing at least 27 people and injuring several.

Dozens of people were rescued from the building, which contains mostly stores. The building is located in the Mundka district of western New Delhi.

The cause of the fire and other details were not immediately available.

More than 20 fire engines were trying to put out the blaze.

“Distressed by 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,” Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said on Twitter.

Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety standards are often flouted by builders and residents.

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