Massive fire breaks out in plastic factory in Delhi's Bawana, kills 17

17 Killed In Fire At Plastic Factory In Delhi Some Jumped From Terrace

The fire has been contained on the second floor

17 people were feared dead in a major fire at a plastic factory in outer Delhi's Bawana industrial area this evening. The situation is now under control, said an official.

The Delhi government ordered an inquiry into the fire. "As many as 17 people have died in the tragedy and the initial reports confirm that 10 women were burnt to death while seven were men and a case had been registered under relevant sections of the IPC".

Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manoj Tiwari and Leader of Opposition in Delhi assembly Vijender Gupta and North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Preety Agarwal also reached the spot.

Delhi fire department officials said about 30 people working in the unit were trapped when the fire broke out around 6.20pm in the building that had a lone exit door in the front.

Rescuers took almost two hours to put out the fire as the search and rescue operation continued late into the night. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives.

The New Delhi Municipal Council had also asked restaurants to abide by trade license conditions, fire safety norms and sitting capacity regulations or be ready to face cancellation of permits and sealing of premises. Earlier, the police had said that Jain was running the unit in partnership with one Lalit Goel. "Keeping a close watch on rescue operations", Kejriwal said in a tweet. "May those who are injured recover quickly", the Prime Minister's Office tweeted quoting Modi.

"Police as well as fire brigade and ambulances were rushed to F-83 in Sector 5 of Bawana Industrial Area".

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