Army helicopters lifted people to safety as a spectacular fire gutted a 13 storey office block in West Delhi.
GV PAN Blazing tower block. Hose spraying. PAN TO crowd.
GV PAN Helicopter arrives at burning building.
GV/CU Firemen spraying building. Flames in rooms. (2 SHOTS)
GV Crowds. (2 SHOTS)
SV Woman survivor helped through crowd.
GV Fireman roped up walks across ladder between buildings.
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Background: Army helicopters lifted people to safety as a spectacular fire gutted a 13 storey office block in West Delhi. There were about 450 people on the building Gopala Towers when the fire broke out. They were all saved but one fireman died rescuing people from the seventh floor. The fire in the 60 metre (200 foot) high building broke out in the basement, many people were able to escape before routes were cut off. The cause is not known. At one time some 150 people were trapped in the top floors. Indian Army helicopters lifted people off the roof, while other escaped on ladders to an adjoining building. The Indian News Agency, Press Trust of India, said that at the height of the blaze trapped people had relayed messages for drinking water. Delhi, like many parts of Northern India is undergoing a heat wave.