A stifling exit, smoke-filled rooms, and windows that won’t break – survivors remember the horror of the Mundka Fire

Trapped in a room full of smoke. This is the painful memory that many survivors remember the next day Mundka fire.

From using tables to break windowpanes to shaping makeshift ropes, many said they survived by miracle.

They remember starting to panic at first when the building went out of power, and when people tried to make their way downstairs from the only exit, they noticed smoke rising from the bottom.

“The fire spread to the upper floor, where more than 100-125 people had gathered for a motivational seminar. There was a complete chaos. We couldn’t see much because of the smoke. It was hard to breathe. The first instinct was to break the window panels with the table and try to jump into the shore Safety.Some locals arranged a rope and JCB from a nearby crane market.Manish Lakra, a technician working in the CCTV and Wi-Fi assembly unit, said Jo Nikal Paya, Wu Bach Jia.Lacra suffered injuries to his hands when he jumped from the first floor after Hitting a rope.

Pretty (19)’s hands were also burned while escaping from the building: “Some tried to get out of the only staircase, but came back as the flames spread. Some people started crying and made frantic phone calls to families, the police and the fire department. One of them shouted, ‘I’m going to die.’ We tried to smash Glass windows but it wasn’t easy. It took 10 minutes. Others in a panic tried to remove an air conditioner to find an escape.”

However, many could not get out. “There is a certain sense of guilt… that I can’t help others. We don’t even know if they survived it. We are constantly checking media reports to see who all died,” Priyanka said.

Some survivors said the fire tenders arrived late. “We have been calling the firefighting and police departments since 3.30pm, but help arrived by 5pm,” said Saahil Prajapati, a 23-year-old inventory manager, who was among the first rescued. “I lost count of the number of people we rescued with the help of local people. So many died in front of me. I am still trying to address the tragedy.”

Atul Garg, chief of the Delhi Fire Services, denied the allegations, saying that the fire services received a call at 4.40pm and the first fire tender arrived at 4.50pm. There was no delay in the amortization process. We got there as fast as we could. Looking at the situation, we sent more fire tenders but they arrived late due to traffic congestion.”

Outside the building on Saturday, several survivors stood anxiously at a roadblock for hours, while the National Defense Forces and firefighters continued their searches. Colleagues inquired about their friends, officials and local residents.

“Mona to Nikal Gai (Mona came out),” Ritika said as soon as she saw her classmate. They both hugged each other before breaking up. “Drishti nahi nikal paayi aur Sonal ka kuch nahi pata (Drishti could not escape and Sonal is missing),” Mona said. Drishti was among the dead identified on Saturday.

Three women – Ayesha (24), Kajal (19) and Banawati (18) – from Bhagya Vihar, all with injuries to the arms and legs, got through the chaos, repeatedly asking locals for help in identifying their colleagues and relatives.

Aisha said, “My niece Mahi is missing. Her parents are making rounds of hospitals and mortuaries to find her. I came here with hope.”

Kajal said, “My three school friends, who worked with me, were nowhere to be found. I saw that they were stuck while I was going down the rope to escape.”

Poonam said she took two days off because she was feeling unwell. “I was lucky to have survived, but one of my relatives, Yashoda, is missing. She was at the seminar. My family checked the news and assumed I was also stuck in the building.”

Survivors said locals also arranged a crane, a makeshift rope and some brutal stairs to help people get down. “Without their help, the death toll would have been higher,” Prajapati said.

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