Part of building collapses as fire breaks out in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk

There are still 10 fire tenders present at the spot and the blaze in under control.

Fire breaks out in Delhi's Chandni Chowk

There are still 10 fire tenders present at the spot and the blaze in under control. (ANI)

A part of a building collapsed near Chandni Chowk metro station on Monday morning where a fire broke out on Sunday night.

There are still 10 fire tenders present at the spot and the blaze in under control. “Cooling operation underway,” a fire department official told news agency ANI.

In the early hours of Sunday, a fire broke out at a wedding pandal in west Delhi’s Rajouri Garden area. No one was hurt in it.

An incident of fire was reported at around 1 am in a wedding pandal in Vishal Enclave of Rajouri Garden area, the fire department said.

Atul Garg, Director of Delhi Fire Service, told PTI that 23 fire tenders were rushed to the site and the blaze was brought under control in two hours.

The officer said the wedding pandal that caught fire was about 5,000 square yards in size. A car too was damaged in the blaze, he added.

The Delhi Fire Services, in a report, had revealed that the national capital witnessed till May 19 over 2,000 fire-related incidents which has claimed the lives of 42 people and injured 117 others.

According to the data, the DFS received 2,145 fire-related calls, 117 non fatal cases and 42 deaths in the first 19 days of May this year.

The fire department said the figure of 2,145 incidents is the highest in May so far as compared to the same period in the last three years.

In the entire month of May in 2021, the city witnessed 2,174 fire-related incidents, while 2,325 such incidents were reported in the same month in 2020.

In May 2019, 3,297 fire incidents were reported, the data showed.

According to the data, in May 2019, 18 deaths were reported, followed by 10 in May 2020, and 41 in May 2021. Fire department officials said the major incidents in May this year included the massive blaze that engulfed a factory in outer Delhi’s Mundka in which at least 27 people died and 16 were injured.

The bodies were charred to the extent that DNA profiling was required to identify these them, they said.

This was followed by another incident in northeast Delhi’s Mustafabad area on May 19 in which a 42-year-old man was killed and six others were injured.

In an another such incident on the same day, fire broke out at a cello tape manufacturing factory in outer Delhi’s Bawana Industrial Area but no casualties were reported in the incident.

Of the 2,145 fire-related calls, most were reported from either factories, slum clusters or commercial buildings, officials said.

They said most of the factories or commercial buildings where fire broke out the owners did not have a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Delhi Fire Services.

(With inputs from agencies)

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