17 dead after blaze engulfs plastic factory in Bawana

17 feared dead in Delhi's Bawana industrial area

17 killed in blaze at factory in Delhi's Bawana; fire contained

The building's three floors and the basement were used to pack and store firecrackers. On Saturday, firefighters could access the first floor of the building nearly an hour after reaching the area.

The cause of Saturday's fire is under investigation but officials believe it started on the ground floor and then spread to the first floor and the cellar.

Two people suffered injuries and were taken to hospital, he added. The duo suffered severe burns and multiple fractures after jumping off the second floor to escape the flames and smoke. The fire was of a make four category. Moving through the lanes was also a challenge, said sources. The fire brigade deployed 15 fire trucks and 50 firefighters who tamed the blaze by 9.30pm. The fire was reported in Sector 5 of Bawana Industrial area.

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Delhi government has ordered an inquiry the matter. "Keeping a close watch on rescue operations (sic)". "Several casualties reported. Monitoring the situation.Ordered enquiry", Delhi minister Satyendar Jain said in a tweet.

"Learnt about a serious fire incident in a private factory at Bawana". Earlier, the police had said that Jain was running the unit in partnership with one Lalit Goel. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was "deeply anguished" by the incident.

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The officer also said that it has apprehended Manoj Jain.

According to the official, there is a rubber factory on the second storey above the firecracker factory. Ten women and seven men were killed, another fire official said, noting that a man and woman have been injured.

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