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Terrible fire in Delhi, killed at least 27

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At least 27 people died and dozens more were injured in a massive fire in a building in the Indian capital New Delhi on Friday, emergency services said.

The large fire broke out at a four-storey commercial building in west Delhi in the late afternoon, but its cause was not immediately clear.

"Twenty-seven charred bodies were recovered from the building and almost two dozen injured are undergoing treatment," Satpal Bharadwaj, who was in charge of operations for the Delhi Fire Service at the scene, told.

Bharadwaj said there were about 70 people in the building when the blaze erupted.

"There was no fire exit and most of the people died due to asphyxiation," he said, adding that more would be known after autopsies could be conducted.

The official said "almost two dozen" were injured and undergoing treatment, but earlier, deputy chief fire officer Sunil Choudhary told that the number of injured stood at "more than 25 people".

Choudhary added that some had jumped from the burning building.
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