Delhi fire: 43 killed in New Delhi factory fire. In a factory fire in India’s capital New Delhi, at least 43 people have died, with the toll expected to rise, police told AFP.
In the early hours, the blaze broke out in the old quarter of the city, whose narrow, congested lanes are lined with many small units of production and storage.
“Since that time, at least 50 people have been saved,” said Sunil Choudhary, New Delhi’s deputy fire officer.
There were “workers and factory workers sleeping inside this building on four or five floors,” he said, adding that the fire had been extinguished but rescue operations were continuing.
A senior Delhi police officer said eight or nine people were later brought out, bringing the total number rescued to a minimum of 58.
Fire officials said entry to the dim, poorly lit premises in Sadar Bazar’s commercial hub was very difficult.
Local news channels broadcast video of firemen carrying people to nearby emergency vehicles from the narrow lanes.
Fire officials said the building was filled with school bags and packing material, but warned that they were still unsure about the blaze’s cause.
Monika Bhardwaj, the deputy police commissioner of the northern district of Delhi, told AFP that the death toll from the incident had jumped to “43, with 16 others still admitted to the local hospitals.”
“The fire department has completed the rescue work. There are no more bodies at the site. We do not yet know the cause of the fire, but we know that it has been aggravated by plastic packing pouches, bags, and other things.
“Most of those who died slept when the fire broke out and died as a result of asphyxiation,” AFP was told by Sadar Bazar’s assistant police commissioner.
Most factories and small manufacturing units in major Indian cities are often located in the city’s old, cramped quarters, where land costs are relatively cheaper.
These units often also act as sleeping quarters for poor workers, often migrant workers, who try to save money by staying at their workplaces overnight.
Such deadly accidents are often caused by a lack of planning and lax enforcement of building and safety regulations.
“The fire on Rani Jhansi Road in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi is extremely horrific. My thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.
“Wishing the wounded to recover quickly. At the site of the disaster, the authorities provide all necessary assistance,” he said.
Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, described the incident as “very tragic news.” “Rescue operations are taking place. Firemen are doing their best. Hospitals are being injured,” Kejriwal wrote on Twitter. News report on Delhi fire: 43 killed in New Delhi factory fire.