3 killed in fire at Delhi factory

PTI New Delhi | Updated on July 13, 2019 Published on July 13, 2019

Fire personnel seen dousing the fire which broke out at one of the factory at the Jhilmil Industrial Area in New Delhi on Saturday, July 13, 2019. – Photo: R V Moorthy

Two women and a teenager were killed in a massive fire at a two-storeyed hardware factory in Delhi on Saturday morning, police said.

The blaze broke out around 9 am at the factory in Shahdara’s Jhilmil Industrial Area, which houses several industrial units, and 31 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, the Delhi Fire Services said. The blaze started from the first floor of the building and engulfed the whole structure, the police said.

According to the supervisor of the factory, Pradeep, around 60 workers were present inside the factory that usually opens at around 9 in the morning. Cartons kept inside the factory, involved in manufacturing and packaging of taps, caught fire quickly and aided in the spread of the fire, he said.

Pradeep said most of the workers managed to escape the factory. “But the three victims were present on the second floor and could not come downstairs as it was filled with smoke,” he said. A fire department official said five people were trapped on the second floor of the building and two of them survived. A fire personnel also sustained injuries during the rescue operation.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Meghna Yadav said two women -- Manju Devi (50), Sangeeta Devi (46) -- and a youth, Shoaib Ali (19) died in incident. The victims may have died due to asphyxiation as there were no major burn injuries, the police said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the site with Industries Minister Satyendar Jain. Kejriwal said a probe would be conducted to ascertain the reason behind the incident and action would be taken against anyone not following fire norms. He announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the deceased.

Published on July 13, 2019
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