New Delhi: At least nine people were killed, including a six-year-old child, in a fire accident that took place in a three-storey residential-cum-commercial building at Kirari godown in outer Delhi, news agency PTI quoted the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) as saying on Monday.

After receiving the news of the incident at 12:30 AM on Monday, eight fire tenders reached the spot to douse the flames. They had brought the fire under control by 3:50 AM, added news agency PTI quoting a DFS official. While the building’s ground floor housed a godown for clothes, the rest of the three floors were residential in nature, informed the fire services. Notably, there was no fire safety equipment in the building.

Three people namely Pooja (24) and her daughters Saumya (10) and Aaradhya (3) jumped to an adjacent building to escape the blaze, stated a police official. Those who died in the accident have been identified as Ram Chandra Jha (65), the building owner, Sudariya Devi (58), Sanju Jha (36), Guddan and Uday Chaudhary (33) and his wife Muskan (26), their children Anjali (10), Adarsh (7) and six-month-old Tulsi, added the fire services official. Ram Chandra Jha had rented out the ground floor to Vijay Singh Katara, who claimed that cloth worth Rs 20 lakh was gutted in the fire.

A part of the building collapsed due to a cylinder blast on the second floor, stated an official. While the exact cause of the fire is being investigated, it is suspected that the fire broke out due to a short-circuit which led to the cylinder blast and the subsequent collapse of the building’s wall.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of those who died in the Kirari fire accident and Rs one lakh to the injured, stated a report.

(With inputs from PTI)