Delhi government orders probe into Bawana warehouse fire, announces ex-gratia

17 Killed In Fire At Plastic Factory In Delhi Some Jumped From Terrace
The fire has been contained on the second floor
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21 January, 2018

Police however contradicted with the death toll, saying only four people were killed in the fire that broke out in Bawana's F block.

As per Media Reports, The fire was caught on the ground floor initially at around 6.20 p.m. on Saturday.Around 10 fire engines were at the spot immediately after the fire break out.The cause of the fire is yet to be known.The casualties are mostly laborers who reportedly found themselves locked inside the factory.

The blaze started in the basement of a three-storey plastic manufacturing facility in the Bawana industrial area on the northern edge of New Delhi, which officials suspect was also used to store fireworks.

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.

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While the fire department said the blaze occurred at a firecracker storage unit, the DCP had said they are yet to confirm this.

"We have ordered a probe into the incident", Kejriwal told reporters after meeting the injured people at a hospital here. The fire was reported in Sector 5 of Bawana Industrial area. The Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into the blaze. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. Fire erupted on second floor of the godown.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was "deeply anguished" by the incident. Ten women and seven men were killed, another fire official said, noting that a man and woman have been injured. Nine persons have reportedly died in the fire while several others are feared trapped inside.


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