Fire in Delhi factory killed at least 43, police officials confirmed on Sunday morning. Dozens of workers were inside the building when the fire broke out in Sadar Bazar area. As LBCNews reports, the cause of the fire was being investigated.
A major fire broke out in a building in a grains market in central New Delhi on Sunday early morning, a doctor Dr Kishore Singh in a government-run hospital said. He added that a least 43 were killed by blaze while dozens of the victims were brought to the hospital by rescuers.
As Dr Singh confirmed, another 15 people were being treated for burns or smoke inhalation and were in a stable condition.
The cause of the fire was being investigated, Delhi fire services chief Atul Garg said.
Rescuers: “We have saved almost 50 people so far from the site.”
Delhi factory was operating in a residential area. Firefighters rushed to the scene after the fire was reported early morning. The fatalities are feared to rise as some sustained grave injuries.
“It was really difficult to conduct rescue operation because of narrow lanes. Fire brigade and ambulance could not enter the area because it has been densely populated,” Delhi fire services chief Atul Garg said.
He also said that the factory was filled with packing material. Those injured were rushed to Hindu Rao Hospital and RML Hospital.
Narendra Modi expressed condolences for the victims of the tragedy and promised that the cause of the fire will be thoroughly investigated.
“The fire in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road is extremely horrific. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a quick recovery. Authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy,” Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.