NEW DELHI: At least 17 people are feared to be dead after a fire broke out in three separate places in Bawana industrial area, Delhi on Saturday. Plastic factory, cracker storage and furnace oil storage in sectors 1, 5 and 3 in the area were gutted in the flames.
All the casualties are said to have been reported from the cracker storage factory, from where the blaze is believed to have started. No casualty was reported from the other two sectors. The police have so far confirmed nine deaths in the fire.
“We received three calls from Bawana – Sector 1 a plastic factory, 2nd from Sector 5 a cracker storage and Sector 3 a furnace oil storage. All casualties are from Sector 5 fire. Fire is completely under control now. We have so far recovered 17 bodies,” ANI quoted the Director of Delhi Fire Services GC Mishra saying.
A Delhi Fire Services officer said as many as 30 persons, including some women, have reportedly sustained burn injuries adding that many are still believed to be trapped inside the structure. “Rescue operation is underway,” the officer said. The number of casualties is likely to rise further.
The officer said the fire in Bawana industrial area was reported to the control room around 6.20 p.m., following which 10 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The fire was doused after three hours.
“Police, as well as fire brigade and ambulances, were rushed to F-83 in sector 5 of Bawana area. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajneesh Gupta said.