A fire in a factory in the industrial area of Delhi’s Bawana has reportedly killed at least 17 people.
Fire Services officials said that many people were still reportedly trapped inside the building as they made desperate attempts to rescue them.
Chief Fire Chief (DFS) Atul Garg the DFS was alerted about the fire at 6:20 pm, following which, 15 Fire tenders were deputed to the spot.
“It was a make-4 Fire call. The fire had broken out from the basement of the factory and eventually spread to the ground floor and the upper floors,” he was quoted by Indian Express.
North Delhi Mayor, Preeti Agrawal told ANI, “I received information about the incident on phone at around 9 pm & we immediately rushed to the spot. Situation is under control now.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Deeply anguished by the fire at a factory in Bawana. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. May those who are injured recover quickly.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s tweet read, “V sad to hear abt large no of casualties. Keeping a close watch on rescue operations (sic).”
Kejriwal was reacting to his health minister, Satyender Jain’s tweet, which read, “Learnt about a serious fire incident in a private factory at Bawana. Several casualties reported. Monitoring the situation.Ordered enquiry.”
The fire started at the F-block of the industrial area, reported Times of India adding that the factory was packed with plastic pellets. Cops suspect the deceased to be labourers who were working inside. Fire officials say that they were trapped, due to the lack of an exit route.