In one of the worst fire tragedies in India’s Delhi, at least 43 people were killed and several others were injured when a blaze swept through a cardboard factory in a five-storey building in the capital’s Rani Jhansi Road early Sunday morning. Rescue operations are underway, news Hindustan Times.
The country’s police Deputy commissioner (North), Monika Bhardwaj confirmed that at least 32 of those rescued and rushed to hospitals were pronounced dead.
Delhi Fire service director Atul Garg said the fire started around 5 am in a five-storey building where around 60-70 people were sleeping, most of them contractual laborers and factory workers.
“The fire was big and we pressed in more than 50 fire tenders. Till 9.30 am we had shifted at least 56 people to the hospital. All of them had fallen unconscious because of smoke. Our men got into the building and we pulled out occupants. They are in large number and were sleeping on different floors. Rescue operations are continuing and we are yet to figure out how many people were inside the building” said Garg.
The fire services director also said that they are yet to ascertain the reason behind the fire. “Whether the building had firefighting equipment is a matter of probe,” he said.
Union home minister Amit Shah said he has instructed authorities concerned to provide all possible assistance on the urgent basis.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on #Delhi fire incident: Have instructed concerned authorities to provide all possible assistance on an urgent basis.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal described the news as “very, very tragic”.
Dellhi’s food and civil supplies minister Imran Hussain said an investigation will be conducted and action will be taken against whoever is responsible for the fire, according to ANI.