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6 dead, 11 hurt as massive blaze engulfs building in Southeast Delhi


New Delhi, Aug 06: At least six people, including two children, have died and 11 injured in a fire that broke out at a residential building in southeast Delhi's Zakir Nagar late on Monday night.

The blaze in Zakir Nagar, a densely-populated neighborhood near Jamia Millia Islamia University, broke out at around 2 am. Most residents were fast asleep when the fire began in an electricity box.

People look at the charred remains of a building where a massive fire broke out, at Zakir Nagar area, in New Delhi

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"Five patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), some are in the ward and one is in the pediatric ICU. Everything is under control. We have specialists to look after the patients," said Dr Mala, Chief Medical Officer at Holy Family Hospital.

Reportedly, seven cars and eight motorcycles were reportedly gutted in the fire.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the site and said the cause of the blaze would be probed. He announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the deceased.

The deceased have been identified as Zoha (34), Nagmi (30), Arbaaz (6), Amna (8) and Zikra (8). Their bodies have been kept at the AIIMS. The sixth body is yet to be identified and has been kept at the Safdarjung Hospital.

Four fire personnel were also injured in the rescue operation. The injured firemen are station officer Tarachand, two fire operators - Mohan Lal and Dilbagh - and leading fireman Ram Niwas.

The others who are injured have been identified as Athar, Faiz, Farukh, Abiba, Sayema, Saba, Rehan, Shabana and Umar.

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