Massive fire breaks out in Delhi, 43 people dead so far
New Delhi: Severe fire broke out at a house in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road this morning. Around 43 people dead so far. Rescue and fire department officials have so far rescued around 50 people.
A call about the fire was received at 5:22 AM following which 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
Many people trapped inside were rescued and rushed to RML Hospital and Hindu Rao Hospital, they said.
Fire department officials said they received a call in the morning about a fire and had no information about people trapped in the burning building, which caused delay in the rescue operations.
Authorities from the LNJP hospital have confirmed many of people who were brought to the hospital have died. Many of the rescued and injured have been rushed to RML Hospital and Hindu Rao Hospital.
Sources say the building was packed with labourers who worked in different factories. Police have started looking for the owner of the building.
Over 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire and to carry out rescue operations.
Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer, Delhi Fire Service said, “Till now we have rescued more than 50 people, most of them were affected due to smoke.”
Many people were trapped inside the building when the fire broke out early morning. A call about the fire was received at 5:22 am following which 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
Speaking to media, Deputy Fire Chief Officer Sunil Choudhary said, “A fire broke out in a 600 sq feet plot. It was very dark inside. It is a factory where school bags, bottles and other materials were kept.”
Rescue operations have come to an end.
PM Modi in his tweet expressed grief on the situation and announced Rs 2 lakh for families of killed.
The fire in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road is extremely horrific. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a quick recovery. Authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 8, 2019
Earlier, the Delhi government too announced Rs 10 lakh assistance to the families of those killed in the blaze in west Delhi’s Rani Jhansi Road area on Sunday morning.