So far, 43 people have been confirmed dead in a fierce fire that broke out at a factory located in Grain Mandi on Delhi’s Rani Jhansi Road on Sunday morning. While more than two dozen people have been admitted to different hospitals in the capital. The fire was so severe that 30 fire tenders had to be deployed on the spot.
Fire Department personnel have rescued more than 59 people. Others burnt in the fire have been admitted to Delhi’s LNJP, Safdarjung, RML and Hindu Rao Hospital. Fire brigade and Delhi Police teams are still trying to evacuate people from the scene.
An official of the Delhi Fire Service said that information about the fire was received at 5.22 am after which 30 fire engines were sent to the spot. Giving information about the incident, Delhi Deputy Fire Chief Officer Sunil Chaudhary said, ‘The fire took place in a total area of 600 square feet. It was very dark inside. The fire broke out in a factory in which school bags, bottles and other items were stored. ‘Chaudhary said that the fire has been completely controlled.
Around 50 people were present inside the factory when the fire broke out. The factory was operated in a residential area. Expressing grief over the incident, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that he has instructed all departments concerned to provide all kinds of assistance without any delay.