17 killed in fire at plastic godown in Bawana Industrial Area


The fire department confirmed that the death toll stands at nine.

"One body was found in the basement and three on the ground floor". On Saturday, firefighters could access the first floor of the building nearly an hour after reaching the area.

The victims were trapped in the basement, first and second floors when the fire spread from the basement to the floors above, the police officer said. The duo suffered severe burns and multiple fractures after jumping off the second floor to escape the flames and smoke. The fire was of a make four category. "But explosions took place inside the building, causing casualties", Garg said.

Policemen comfort the relative of a man who died in the factory fire in Bawana.

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. "Ordered enquiry", Jain said in a tweet on Saturday.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief via Twitter. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives.

He also said police would register a case. PTI reported an injured labourer told police that the firecrackers were brought from outside and packed at the factory.

The Delhi Fire Services said it received a call about the fire at the factory around 6.20 pm.

The New Delhi Municipal Council had also asked restaurants to abide by trade license conditions, fire safety norms and sitting capacity regulations or be ready to face cancellation of permits and sealing of premises. He said the injured will get an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh. The cracker factory was allegedly opened just 15 days ago and was not following any fire safety norms. "As soon as the building caught fire, she jumped from the building", he said.

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