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New Delhi fire kills 27, emergency services say

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Twenty-seven people died in an accidental fire in New Delhi, India, on Friday May 13, the emergency services announced. “The fire is now out. The total death toll is 27. Search operations are ongoing”said a fire department official.

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More than 40 people suffered burns and were hospitalized, according to media reports. About 60 to 70 people were rescued from the building, according to local media citing police. The fire broke out in a four-storey commercial building in West Delhi in the late afternoon. Fires are common in India due to poor practices in the construction industry and lack of compliance with safety regulations.

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The third floor of the building has yet to be searched and more corpses may be found there, CNN-News18 said, citing Delhi Fire Department Atul Garg. About 60 to 70 people were rescued from the building, according to local media citing police. The Indian capital of twenty million people is currently experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures reaching up to 46 degrees.

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