17 feared dead in Delhi's Bawana industrial area

17 feared dead in Delhi's Bawana industrial area

At least 17 people died after they fell prey to the fire that engulfed a firecracker factory / storage in the Bawana industrial area here on Saturday evening.

"We received 3 calls from Bawana - Sector 1 a plastic factor, 2nd from Sector 5 a cracker storage & Sector 3 a furnace oil storage".

The police have so far confirmed nine deaths in the fire.

The officials of the fire department said they have prevented the fire from spreading it to neighbouring buildings in the area.

North Delhi mayor Preety Agarwal rushed to the spot.

The fire started at the F-block of the industrial area, reported Times of India adding that the factory was packed with plastic pellets.

According to ANI, Union health minister JP Nadda has directed the health secretary to provide immediate assistance to victims and also requested the AIIMS trauma centre to be on alert. However, no casualties were reported. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives.

The workers inside the factory, including some women, could not come out as the fire spread rapidly, covering the exits. "Very sad to hear about the large number of casualties", he tweeted.

The Delhi government has reportedly ordered an investigation into the blaze.

A massive fire ripped through the two-storeyed factory.

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