One official killed in fire at Income Tax office in ITO

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One official killed in fire at Income Tax office in ITO

Wednesday, 15 May 2024 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

An official died in the fire that broke out inside the Income Tax Central Revenue Building in the national capital’s ITO area on Tuesday. According to the officials of the Delhi Fire Services, a total of 21 fire tenders were rushed to the site and seven people including five men and two women, were rescued safely.

The DFS said that one person, who received minor injuries, was taken to a nearby hospital. The fire broke out in the building located opposite the old Police Headquarters, which is still occupied by the force for some of its units.

“We received a call at 3.07 pm, regarding a fire in the Income Tax CR building. We have rushed a total of 21 fire tenders. We have also informed the local police about the matter for further investigation and to maintain law and order,” officials of the DFS said.

According to some videos which turned up on social media, the occupants of the building took shelter on a window ledge while escaping the fire. The firefighters helped them get down through ladders.

“I got an information at 4 pm that a total of seven people, five men and two women, were rescued safely by DFS from the third floor of the building. The process of dousing flames completely is still going on,” DFS chief Atul Garg said.

Further, he informed that they have asked the local police to investigate the cause of the fire and said, “As the firefighters reached the spot, they evacuated the building. We had to use a gas mask due to toxic fumes, but all those who were in the building were rescued safely. We have informed the local police of the area for further investigation into the matter to know the actual cause of the fire.”

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