AMN /New Delhi
At least 17 people died after they fell prey to the fire that engulfed a firecracker factory / storage in the Bawana industrial area here on Saturday evening. Several people are also injured and have been sent to hospitals.
According to a Delhi Fire Services official, a call was received at around 1820 hours (6.20 PM) regarding a fire at a plastic factory in Bawana Industrial area and 12 fire tenders were pressed into action.
The official said that 17 bodies were recovered so far. Latest reports say fire has been doused and rescue operation is on. Cause of fire is still unknown.
According to reports fire started on the ground floor of the building, but its exact cause it not known yet.
The workers inside the factory, including some women, could not come out as the fire spread rapidly, covering the exits.
A few of the workers, to save themselves, jumped off the terrace of the building and sustained injuries, according to reports.
PM condoles deaths at Bawana factory fire
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condoled the deaths in a fire at a factory in Bawana.
In a tweet, the PM said, ‘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.’