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Mundka building's single entry-exit point made escape difficult, say officials

By PTI

The Mundka building which was ravaged by a fire that claimed 27 lives had a single entry and exit point, which could explain the reason for the high number of casualties, a senior fire department officer said on May 14.

The building also did not have a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department, the officer added.

The fire started on the first floor of the building that houses the office of a CCTV camera and router manufacturing and assembling company on May 13.

The owners of the company, Harish Goel and his brother Varun Goel, who were detained earlier, have been arrested, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Sameer Sharma said. The building owner has been booked as well.

In videos that emerged on social media, people could be heard crying for help while others were seen jumping from the building in a desperate attempt to escape the flames.

Civil Defence officials at the site as NDRF personnel carry out rescue and relief work after a massive fire at an office building near the Mundka Metro Station. (Source: PTI)

"The rescue operation is over. The building had a single escape route which is the reason for so many casualties," said Atul Garg, Director, Delhi Fire Service.

Garg said they recovered some more charred remains on Saturday morning and the death toll could rise up to 30. He said it was difficult to identify whether the remains were of one person or more.

According to the officials, there was only one narrow staircase for entry and exit in the building which made the escape difficult.

Twenty-nine people are reported to be missing.

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