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27 dead in New Delhi building fire, owners arrested

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27 dead in New Delhi building fire, owners arrested

Police in New Delhi detained two suspects on Saturday for violating fire safety laws after a building fire killed at least 27 people.

The demolished structure contained a security camera manufacturing facility.

Overnight, rescue crews tried to evacuate the burned-out four-story structure near a train station in the western suburbs.

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When the fire broke out on Friday evening, there were more than 75 individuals inside.

According to eyewitnesses, several individuals leaped from windows to save themselves, while firefighters used ropes to break the glass and rescue others.

According to authorities, the fire started in an office on the first level and quickly spread.

Two owners of the company were arrested as part of probe to identify suspected safety violations.

Offering condolences, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised 200,000 rupees ($2,580) in compensation for the victims’ next-of-kin.

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