Seventeen people are feared dead after a fire ripped through a two-storeyed factory in outer Delhi’s Bawana industrial area this evening, a Delhi Fire Services official said.
The police have so far confirmed nine deaths in the fire.
The official said, the blaze, which started from a firecracker factory, has been brought under control.
The official said that the rescue operations are underway as more people are suspected to be trapped inside the factory.
The Delhi Fire Services received a call about the fire at the factory around 6.20 pm and 10 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, the official said.
According to the official there is a rubber factory on the second storey above the firecracker factory.
North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal has rushed to the spot, a senior NDMC official said.
“The factory falls in the Delhi State Industrial And Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) area. North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal has rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation,” the official said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish at the death of people in a fire at a factory in Delhi’s Bawana on Saturday.
“Deeply anguished by the fire at a factory in Bawana. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives.
May those who are injured recover quickly,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted quoting Mr. Modi.
Expressing his grief over the “large number of casualties” in the fire, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he is keeping a “close watch” on the rescue operations.
“V(ery) sad to hear abt large no of casualties. Keeping a close watch on rescue operations,” Mr. Kejriwal said in a tweet.