17 dead as fire breaks out in Delhi's Bawana, probe ordered

17 dead as fire breaks out in Delhi's Bawana, probe ordered

17 dead as fire breaks out in Delhi's Bawana, probe ordered

As per Delhi Fire Services official, the rescue operation is underway and many have been evacuated from the building. An official said that the factory comes under the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) area. "The cause of the fire is not yet known", Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajneesh Gupta said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Deeply anguished by the fire at a factory in Bawana".

In November, a massive fire at a plastic factory in the northern city of Ludhiana left 13 people dead, including three firefighters who were killed when the building collapsed.

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. Moving through the lanes was also a challenge, said sources.

Two people were injured in the blaze, one of the Capital's deadliest industrial tragedies since 57 people were killed in a fire in the Lal Kuan chemical market complex in May 1999.

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Delhi government has ordered an inquiry the matter.

However, Delhi Police put the number of casualties in the incident at 4.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he was also keeping a close watch on rescue operations.

"We have ordered a probe into the incident", Kejriwal told reporters after meeting the injured people at a hospital here.

"My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. Several casualties reported. Monitoring the situation.Ordered enquiry". "May those who are injured recover quickly", he tweeted. Most of the victims died due to asphyxiation, officials said.

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