Delhi: Fire breaks out at same building where 43 died yesterday

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 09, 2019, 08.33 AM(IST)

Four fire tenders have been rushed to the spot. Photograph:( ANI )

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According to the report, four fire tenders have been rushed to the spot.

A fire broke out in the same building in Delhi's Anaj Mandi area where 43 people had died in a fire incident a day before, news agency ANI reported.

According to the report, four fire tenders have been rushed to the spot.

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On Sunday, around 43 people died after a massive fire broke out in Delhi's Anaj Mandi, while 62 people were also rescued from the building.

Soon after the incident, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to families who lost a member in the fire tragedy and additional assistance of one lakh to those who were injured. The government has also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and sought a report within seven days.

Meanwhile, Directorate General of Fire Services, Atul Garg said that the building did not have fire clearance from the Delhi Fire Service and no fire safety equipment were found in the premises.

A case has been registered under Section 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code against building owner Rehan, who had absconded after the fire broke out. Later in the day, Rehan was arrested by Delhi police.

The national capital is emerging as a tinderbox as data shows that there has been a constant increase in the number of fire calls received by Delhi Fire Services (DFS).

The data published in 2011 showed that the total fire calls had increased by almost 65 per cent in five years.

According to the data, the DFS had received a total of 18,143 calls in 2011, which increased to 22,581 in 2012.

Similarly, the number of calls received by the DFS increased consistently between 2013 and 2017 and saw a massive jump in the total number of calls received by the department.