A total of six people, which included two children, have died and an additional eleven have been injured in a fire that broke out in a residential building in southeast Delhi late on the night of 5th August, 2019.
The four-storey building in Zakir Nagar is situated in a densely-populated neighborhood near Jamia Millia Islamia University, where fire broke out at around 2 am. Majority of the residents living in the 13 flats were in deep sleep when the fire broke out because of a short circuit in the electricity metres.
Approximately 20 people were rescued from the spot. A few others jumped off the building to save themselves and injured themselves in the process. The injured have now been admitted in a nearby hospital. Out of the eleven people injured, two are fire-fighters who had rushed to the scene after the incident.
Around 7 cars and 19 motorcycles 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 where the patients have been admitted.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the site and said that there will be a probe into the cause of the blaze. He announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh each for the families of those who died.
Eight fire engines were rushed to the spot in an attempt to douse the fire.
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