17 killed in blaze at factory in Delhi's Bawana; fire contained

Ray Weaver
January 21, 2018

As many as 17 people, including 10 women, were burnt alive or asphyxiated and 30 others injured at a fire in a plastic warehouse in west Delhi's Bawana on Saturday evening, officials said.

Officials said that the rescue operations are underway as more people are suspected to be trapped inside, however the situation is totally under control. The two injured have been admitted to a hospital.The police also confirmed 17 people were killed and said an FIR has been registered.

The official said the blaze, which started from a firecracker factory, has been brought under control. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives.

The authorities say at least two major fires are reported from the industrial zone every year.

The cause of the fire is yet to be known.

AAP chief Kejriwal, who visited the site late tonight, said the truth will come out only after the inquiry, which has been ordered by the government. "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.

"Learnt about a serious fire incident in a private factory at Bawana".

North Delhi mayor Preety Agarwal rushed to the spot. "Keeping a close watch on rescue operations".

"Almost 5 hours have gone by after the accident and from local AAP MLA to the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, none have yet reached out to victims for help", Kapoor said earlier.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was "deeply anguished" by the incident.

Other reports by Insurance News

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