A 28-year-old accountant lost his life after a massive fire broke out at a lubricant oil godown in West Delhi's Punjabi Bagh area on Saturday. Soon after the incident, 22 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and had been put on service to douse the blaze. Fire officials received a call at about 04:57 pm this afternoon and hurried to the godown.
"Delhi: Fire has broken out at a godown in Punjabi Bagh. 22 fire tenders rushed to the spot," the news agency ANI reported.
The deceased has been identified as Romit Kumar, a resident of Prem Nagar in Kirari. Kumar was an accountant at the Punjabi Bagh oil godown and was inside the building when the mishap took place this afternoon. His charred body was recovered from the first floor of the godown after firemen managed to extinguish the fire. The body has been sent to the hospital, police said.
As per the latest reports, the fire has been doused all over the building while the cooling process is still going on. Meanwhile, a case under section 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered in connection to the same.
Preliminary inquiry suggests that the building used to store lubricant oil which could be a reason behind the blaze. However, the actual reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained. Further investigation is underway into the matter.