A Locked 2nd Floor Door Caused Evacuation Delays: A Delhi Fire Survivor

Survivors say smoke and narrow escape route made it difficult to evacuate everyone quickly . Twelve people were killed in the fire that ravaged the four-story building .

New Delhi: Survivors of the Mundka fire on Saturday said smoke and a narrow escape route made it difficult to evacuate everyone quickly from the building.According to a senior police officer, a motivational speaker was addressing an event in the building at the time.There was also no information about the speaker's name or whereabouts, according to officials, who said the second floor door was opened from outside, causing the delay in evacuation.Officials from Delhi said that the incident has so far claimed the lives of 27 people, and that 29 others are now missing.

We ran towards the exit, but it was blocked.We were shocked.Desperate, several people leapt from the second floor and were rescued by a crane, according to the company.At the time of the crash, there were about 250 workers in the factory.

Another survivor said he was still struggling to come to terms with the deaths of so many people.We were attempting to save ourselves.There was only one route to go.He said, So many are my associates.Vamsika, the daughter of Renu who escaped with injuries, questioned the employability of workers in such factories.

We cannot always live in fear, she said.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal declared on Saturday that a magisterial probe into the Mundka fire incident should result in Rs 10 lakh in compensation to the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those who were wounded.