Six people, including two children were killed while 16 others were injured in the massive fire that broke out on early Tuesday at a residential building in Zakir Nagar of Southeast Delhi.
According to Chief Fire officer of Delhi Fire Services, Atul Garg, while two of the victims were charred to death, others died of asphyxiation from the smoke.
Garg further informed that some of the occupants of the building also jumped from the building to save themselves who were injured in the process. He also informed that out of the 16 injured, at least seven are in serious condition and have been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Holy Family Hospital.
The injured include two firefighters, said the fire officer.
The officer stated that prima facie it looked like the fire broke out in the electric metre board of the building that has a stilt parking and four floors. During the fire, there were at least 24 residents in the building.
The firefighters rescued at least 20 people, many of them who were injured from the blaze. During the rescue operation, they found two residents charred to death and many lying unconscious.
Moreover, police are in the process of registering a first information report (FIR).
The blaze also gutted seven cars and eight motorcycles.