January 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed grief over the death of 17 people in a fire incident at Bawana Industrial Area in the outskirts of Delhi. "Seeking the condition of the fire more fire tenders were rushed to the spot", said Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer.
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.
"It was a make-4 Fire call". Police sources said casualties may rise.
The incident took place at F-90 in northwest Delhi's Bawana area. "Keeping a close watch on rescue operations (sic)". The Delhi government is closely monitoring the situation. "My thoughts are with the families of the persons killed in the mishap", Harsh Vardhan said in a tweet.
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In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was "deeply anguished" by the incident.
According to Rohini deputy commissioner of police Rajneesh Gupta, a case has been registered and a co-owner of the unit, Manoj Jain, was taken into custody. He said the injured will get an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh. PTI reported an injured labourer told police that the firecrackers were brought from outside and packed at the factory.
In November, a massive fire at a plastic factory in the northern city of Ludhiana left 13 people dead, including three firefighters who were killed when the building collapsed. "The fire had broken out from the basement of the factory and eventually spread to the ground floor and the upper floors", he was quoted by Indian Express.