Six people were killed and at leave eleven others were injured after a massive fire broke out in a multi-storey residential building in Delhi’s Zakir Nagar shortly after midnight on Tuesday.
According to the Delhi Fire Service, the blaze started at 2.21 am in a four-storey building in Zakir Nagar area near the Jamia Millia Islamia University.
Most of the injured were those who tried to jump off from the building to save themselves.
“Initially five fire tenders were rushed to the spot, later more were sent to douse the flames,” Delhi Fire Services Director Atul Garg said.
The fire was finally brought under control at 5.30 a.m.
Around seven cars and eight motorcycles were also gutted in the fire.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh each for the injured.
In February, this year, at least 17 people died after a massive blaze engulfed the top floors of central Delhi’s hotel, Arpit Palace.
Last month, at least three people were reported dead after a major blaze broke out at a rubber factory in Shahdara’s Jhilmil area in New Delhi.