Bawana factory fire: 17 dead, Delhi govt orders inquiry

Delhi fire LIVE UPDATES Ten fire tenders have been rushed to the spot

In a major incident that rocked the national Capital on Saturday about seventeen people are feared dead after a fire ripped through a two-storey factory in outer Delhi's Bawana industrial area this evening, a Delhi Fire Services official said.

Ten fire tenders have been pressed to the spot.

The cause of Saturday's fire is under investigation but officials believe it started on the ground floor and then spread to the first floor and the cellar.

The fire department said it removed nine bodies from the scene.

Gupta also said that as per an injured labour of the factory, packing was being done in the factory. "As many as 17 people have died in the tragedy and the initial reports confirm that 10 women were burnt to death while seven were men and a case had been registered under relevant sections of the IPC". All casualties are from Sector 5 fire. Earlier, the police had said that Jain was running the unit in partnership with one Lalit Goel.

Delhi government has ordered an inquiry the matter. "Several casualties reported. Monitoring the situation.Ordered enquiry", Delhi minister Satyendar Jain said in a tweet.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's tweet read, "V sad to hear abt large no of casualties". My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. "Keeping a close watch on rescue operation", Kejriwal said.

The industrial areas in Bawana and Narela, home to hundreds of factories, are not only flouting safety norms but also full of illegal constructions that hamper firefighting operations.



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