Around 1,300 firefighters will be on duty to attend to any fire-related emergencies on New Year Eve, they said, adding that all congested areas where footfall will be high have been covered.
The four-storey building with a single staircase had plastic-waste material on the ground floor and the upper floors were residences.
The city’s firemen willingly risk it all for scant reward and appreciation for their efforts.
According to officials, 20 fire tenders have been deployed at 13 areas across the national capital where sprinkling of water is underway.
The DFS has said that against a sanctioned strength of 3,311 fire operators, at present it has 2,371 personnel after 484 people joined the fire service this year.