Nine killed in massive fire in Delhi warehouse

Jan 21, 2018, 00:24
Nine killed in massive fire in Delhi warehouse

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Deeply anguished by the fire at a factory in Bawana". 15 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and soon contained the level 4 category fire.

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.

On the other hand, North Delhi Mayor Preety Aggarwal said, "I received information about the incident on phone at around 9 pm & we immediately rushed to the spot".

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The cause of the fire is yet to be known.

The bodies are kept at the mortuary of Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital while the two injured people, including 40-year-old Sunita Devi, are admitted to Maharshi Valmiki hospital. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) Rajneesh Gupta said a person named Manoj Jain has been apprehended.

"Saddened at the loss of 17 lives in the Bawana cracker factory fire".

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Delhi government has ordered an inquiry the matter. "May those who are injured recover quickly", the prime minister's office tweeted. Earlier, the police had said that Jain was running the unit in partnership with one Lalit Goel.

An official from fire department of Delhi reportedly confirmed that they removed nine bodies so far and fire started in basement of the building spreading upwards within no time.

The industrial area spread over 2,100 acres recorded three fires on Saturday - the first around 4pm in Sector 3, the second in the firecracker unit in Sector 5, and the third in Sector 1 at 7.30pm.

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