At Least 17 Killed In New Delhi Factory Fire

At least 10 women and seven men were charred to death in a fire that broke out in a firecracker unit in outer Delhi's Bawana industrial area on Saturday evening, firefighters said. Fire erupted on second floor of the godown. The rescue operation continued for almost two hours before the fire was doused. "Deeply anguished by the fire at a factory in Bawana".

North Delhi mayor Preety Agarwal has rushed to the spot, a senior NDMC official said.

Fire officials said the victims were trapped inside the factory as there was no exit route, The Times of India reported.

Atul Garg the DFS was alerted about the fire at 6:20 pm, following which, 15 Fire tenders were deputed to the spot.

"The factory falls in the Delhi State Industrial And Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) area". Moving through the lanes was also a challenge, said sources.

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Thirteen workers were killed in November 2016 in New Delhi after a makeshift factory was gutted in a fire. "Condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and I pray for speedy recovery to the ones who are injured", he said on Twitter.

Expressing his grief over the "large number of casualties" in the fire, chief minister Kejriwal said he is keeping a "close watch" on the rescue operations. "Keeping a close watch on rescue operations (sic)".

Delhi Urban Development minister Satyendar Jain said an inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

"There are 17 casualties and one person was injured when he tried to jump out an upper-story window", department spokesman G.C. Mishra said. The bodies of victims, who died due to suffocation, were found piled up in the toilet area where they had hoped to escape from the fire. "Several casualties reported. Monitoring the situation.Ordered enquiry".

  • Sonia Alvarado