17 killed in fire in Bawana industrial area; Delhi govt orders probe

17 Killed In Fire At Plastic Factory In Delhi Some Jumped From Terrace
The fire has been contained on the second floor
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21 January, 2018

Rescuers took almost two hours to put out the fire as the search and rescue operation continued late into the night.

Officials said the building, which didn't have the mandatory no-objection certificate on fire safety, was sealed after the blaze.

The cause of Saturday's fire is under investigation but officials believe it started on the ground floor and then spread to the first floor and the cellar.

The tragic fire accident in Delhis Bawana area tonight also assumed political hues, as several leaders from the BJP, visited the site, even as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the deceased. The Delhi Fire Services received a call about the fire at the factory around 6.20 pm and at least 10 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

"The factory falls in the Delhi State Industrial And Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) area".

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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. Earlier, the police had said that Jain was running the unit in partnership with one Lalit Goel.

The Delhi government ordered an inquiry into the fire. "Keeping a close watch on rescue operations".

"Visited the site of #BawanaFire and #MahirshiValmikiHospital at Pooth Khurd, where two of the injured are being treated 24-year-old Roop Prakash and 45- year-old Sunita".

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain also visited the site and met the two survivors at the hospital.

"My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. May those who are injured recover quickly", Modi said in a tweet on Saturday. 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.


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