Massive Fire in Delhi Warehouse 17 killed, 30 injured; Government Order Investigation

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A man who was apprehended by the police in connection with the Bawana fire accident that killed seventeen people and injured two, has said that he took the factory premises on rent and was running it alone. It took more than five hours for 15 fire engines to douse the fire.

Entire local BJP Unit led by district president Neel Daman Khatri and North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal were working to ensure relief for victims, Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor had earlier said.

"13 people died on the first floor, three on the ground and one in the basement", another fire services official said.

The fire started at the F-block of the industrial area, reported Times of India adding that the factory was packed with plastic pellets.

The official said that the rescue operations are underway as more people are suspected to be trapped inside the factory. Plastic factory, cracker storage and furnace oil storage in sectors 1, 5 and 3 in the area were gutted in the flames. The number of casualties is likely to rise further.

Ten fire tenders are at the spot battling the blaze. "Condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and I pray for speedy recovery to the ones who are injured", he said on Twitter.

The Delhi government ordered an inquiry into the fire. "Keeping a close watch on rescue operations (sic)".

"We have ordered a probe into the incident", Kejriwal told reporters after meeting the injured people at a hospital here. "May those who are injured recover quickly". Several casualties. Monitoring the situation. "Some of the victims were sitting or lying on the floor close to each other", chief fire officer Atul Garg said. According to police, the factory was downed by two persons, Jain and Lalit Goel.