Nine killed as fire breaks out in Delhi plastic factory

North Delhi Mayor Preeti Aggarwal. | Image Courtesy @ANI

Ten women and seven men were killed while a man and woman were injured in a massive blaze at a firecracker storage unit in outer Delhi's Bawana industrial area yesterday evening.

A Delhi fire services official said that the blaze, which started from a firecracker factory, has been brought under control. On Saturday, firefighters could access the first floor of the building nearly an hour after reaching the area.

A fireman at the scene said the fire had broken around 3:30 pm and was contained around 7 pm.

"There are 17 casualties and one person was injured when he tried to jump out an upper-story window", department spokesman G.C. Mishra said. The duo suffered severe burns and multiple fractures after jumping off the second floor to escape the flames and smoke. The fire brigade deployed 15 fire trucks and 50 firefighters who tamed the blaze by 9.30pm.

"Saddened at the loss of 17 lives in the Bawana cracker factory fire".

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Meanwhile, Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

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

Police however contradicted with the death toll, saying only four people were killed in the fire that broke out in Bawana's F block. Several casualties. Monitoring the situation. "Ordered enquiry", Jain said in a tweet on Saturday. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. "May those who are injured recover quickly", the Prime Minister's Office tweeted quoting Modi.

The officer also said that it has apprehended Manoj Jain. Fire officials say that they were trapped, due to the lack of an exit route.

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