New Delhi:Â Four people, including two children, were burnt to death and two critically injured when a warehouse in central Delhi caught fire Sunday morning, a fire department official said.
The fire broke out in the three-storey warehouse on Asaf Ali Road near Ajmeri Gate. Eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the blaze was doused after an hour, according to the official.
Officials suspect an electrical short-circuit could have caused the fire.
“Four people were burnt to death. Two injured were rushed to Lok Nayak Hospital where they were reported to be in critical condition,” the official said.
Owner of the warehouse Raju Kumar ran two transport companies – Rajdhani Carriers and Prem Carriers – from the building.
The ground floor was a warehouse for chemical substances and the remaining two floors housed offices, which were vacant, police said.
Sanjay Tiwari, caretaker of the warehouse, along with his wife Meera Devi, his two kids – Reshav and Lucky – and Sandeep Yadav, security guard of the building, along with his wife Manti Devi and his son Saurav, were staying in the warehouse building.
When the fire broke out, Yadav escaped through the blaze but the others were engulfed in the flames.
Sanjay Tiwari, in his 30s, his six-year-old son Reshav and Manti Devi, 28, and her four-year-old son Saurav were burnt to death while Meera Devi and Lucky sustained critical burn injuries, police said.
Raju Kumar, a resident of Faridabad in Haryana, used to visit the warehouse once a month.