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

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

The total number of dead is 27. Search operation is on,” an official with the fire department said yesterday.

Sunil Choudhary, deputy chief fire officer from the Delhi fire service, said people had jumped from the burning building to save their lives.

“More than 25 people are injured, including those who jumped from the building,” Choudhary said.

Approximately 60 to 70 people have been rescued, local media quoted police as saying, and more than 40 had sustained burns and are being treated in hospital.

Credit: Aljazeera

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