At least 30 people were killed on Sunday after a fire tore through a building in a grains market in India’s capital of New Delhi, with police warning the death toll could rise.
The blaze broke out in the early hours in Sadar Bazar, in the city’s old quarter, whose narrow and congested lanes are lined with many small manufacturing and storage units that often double as sleeping quarters for labourers and factory workers.
“All the rescued persons were rushed to nearby local hospitals, which have already confirmed 30 deaths,” Sadar Bazar’s assistant commissioner of police told AFP. “Some of the others are also in a serious state.”
“Most who’ve died were sleeping when the fire broke out and died due to asphyxiation,” the official added.
Fire officials said it was difficult to access the dark, poorly-lit premises in the commercial district of Sadar Bazar.
“We… have since rescued at least 50 people,” Sunil Choudhary, New Delhi’s deputy chief fire officer, told AFP.
The blaze was put out by 25 fire trucks.