At least 17 workers were killed Saturday in a fire at a factory on the outskirts of IndiaÂ´s capital, officials said. 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.
Fire Services officials said that many people were still reportedly trapped inside the building as they made desperate attempts to rescue them.
"The fire was of Category Four, which means it was not big".
"Learnt about a serious fire incident in a private factory at Bawana".
Fire Chief Atul Garg said the fire swept through a plastics warehouse, a firecracker storage unit and an oil storage container, but that all the casualties were in the plastic factory.
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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. Several casualties. Monitoring the situation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the tragedy. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives.
"Saddened at the loss of 17 lives in the Bawana cracker factory fire". He said the injured will get an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh. "Ordered enquiry (sic)", the minister tweeted. According to police, the factory was downed by two persons, Jain and Lalit Goel. "As soon as the building caught fire, she jumped from the building", he said.
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.