When firefighters first got a call about the Mundka fire, they were under the impression that it was a factory unit and not an office complex with over a hundred locked inside.
Atul Garg, the Delhi fire chief, said they first received a call at 4:40 PM and were told the site was a factory. “Assuming it was a factory fire, we sent 10 fire trucks to the scene. We were not told about the number of people trapped in it. The fire broke out on the first floor and spread to other floors within an hour. We found that people were trapped in it. It is an office space where Wi-Fi routers, CCTVs and other devices are stored. We called cranes and ambulances for help. At the moment, 30 fire engines are working on site to control the fire and rescue people,” Garg told The Indian Express Friday night.
In a narrow space between ambulances and fire trucks, Ajay Daksh watched the crane put out the fire at an office complex in Mundka. For five hours, he commuted between the building and the nearest hospitals in search of his sister.
“I learned through people that there was a fire in the office where my sister works. I’ve been watching the flames and the rescue operation, but I have no idea where my sister is. Bodies are being taken out and I just hope I don’t have to go through the worst,” Ajay said as he chased an ambulance to glimpse yet another body being taken away.