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At least six killed in India building fire

Burnt out cars sit on the bottom floor of a residential building where fire broke out in New Delhi. Source: EPA

Authorities in New Delhi are investigating the cause of a blaze at a residential building in the city which has killed at least six people.

A fire in a four-storey residential building in the Indian capital of New Delhi has killed at least six people and injured another 10.

The fire service control room said eight fire engines took nearly two hours to extinguish the blaze that started in the early hours of Tuesday in the Zakir Nagar area.

The fire also burned seven cars and more than a dozen motorbikes parked on the ground floor of the building.

People stand on a street where a residential building fire broke out in New Delhi.
People stand on a street where a residential building fire broke out in New Delhi.
EPA

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety norms are often flouted by builders and residents.

In February, 17 people were killed by a fire in a six-storey hotel in New Delhi that started in an unauthorised rooftop kitchen.

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