Bawana cracker factory fire kills 17 workers

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.

As per Delhi Fire Services official, the rescue operation is underway and many have been evacuated from the building.

Entire local BJP Unit led by district president Neel Daman Khatri and North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal were working to ensure relief for victims, Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor had earlier said. The cause of the fire has yet to be ascertained.

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

Expressing his grief on the large number of casualty in the tragedy, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, "V sad to hear abt large no of casualties".

The authorities say at least two major fires are reported from the industrial zone every year. Moving through the lanes was also a challenge, said sources.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into the fire incident.

"There are 17 casualties and one person was injured when he tried to jump out an upper-story window", department spokesman G.C. Mishra said. "Some of the victims were sitting or lying on the floor close to each other", chief fire officer Atul Garg said.

Delhi industries minister Satyendar Jain has ordered an enquiry into the case. Several casualties reported. Monitoring the situation.

A compensation of Rs five lakh each will be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives and Rs one lakh each to the two injured persons, he told reporters. "May those who are injured recover quickly", Modi said in a tweet on Saturday.

  • Rogelio Becker