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Nine killed in massive fire in Delhi warehouse

Nine killed in massive fire in Delhi warehouse

Police however contradicted with the death toll, saying only four people were killed in the fire that broke out in Bawana's F block. Ten women and seven men were killed while a man and woman were injured in a massive blaze at a firecracker storage unit in outer Delhi's Bawana industrial area yesterday evening.

The Delhi Fire Services said it received a call about the fire at the factory around 6.20 pm. "Keeping a close watch on rescue operations (sic)".

Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manoj Tiwari and Leader of Opposition in Delhi assembly Vijender Gupta and North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Preety Agarwal also reached the spot.

Two people suffered injuries and were taken to hospital, he added.




There are also reports that a fire cracker factory was functioning in the area. "Some of the victims were sitting or lying on the floor close to each other", chief fire officer Atul Garg said. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives.

The Delhi government ordered an inquiry into the fire. "May those who are injured recover quickly", the prime minister's office tweeted. "Several casualties reported. Monitoring the situation.Ordered enquiry". According to police, the factory was downed by two persons, Jain and Lalit Goel.

The fire quickly spread upwards from the basement, trapping almost two dozen workers on the upper floors, said an official at the capital´s emergency service.

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

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