A massive fire broke out at a firecracker factory in Bawana Industrial area on Saturday, killing 17 people. The Delhi Fire Services said that the fire broke out at the factory located in sector 5 of the industrial area. Delhi government, which is monitoring the situation, has issued an enquiry into the incident.
The Delhi Fire Services received a call about the fire at the factory around 6.20 pm. Ten fire tenders were pressed into service. The fire has been completely doused. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Initial information from the Delhi government has confirmed that the privately owned factory was operating without prior permission from the fire department, civic agencies.
The initial photographs taken by the DFS shows the bodies in a charred condition lying among burnt crackers. The rescue operations are underway, while the DCP has claimed that the fire has been brought under control.
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9:45 am: Roop Singh (24), a migrant labourer from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district, jumped off the top floor of the factory as it caught fire. He escaped with a broken leg — his three family members were not so lucky. Also Read: I leapt, 3 relatives got left behind, says 24-year-old
9:40 am: Forty-year-old Sunita, one of the two confirmed survivors so far, said she had started working at the unit two days ago: “I was getting Rs 6,000 per month… Rs 200 a day… I was packing gunpowder inside firecrackers when I noticed some smoke collecting. Someone said we should run, and I went to the top floor. People had started screaming by then, saying that jumping was our only option. So I jumped and fell unconscious. When I woke up, my leg was broken and I was in the hospital.” Read More: Cost of a life at Bawana unit: Rs 200 a day
9:40 am: Preeti Aggarwal asked whom does the factory come under, it’s murmuring, only ‘ye factory’ is clear. People are trying to make that fake video viral at a sad time just to blame BJP. retweeted it, he must apologise for such low-level politics in time of despair: Manoj Tiwari, BJP
January 21, 2018
1:25 am: The police have identified the two partners as Manoj Jain and Lalit Goel. However,it is to be verified whether they are the owners or have taken the premises on rent, said DCP Rajneesh Gupta.
According to the injured labour, packing was to be done in the factory while the crackers used to come from outside. Facts are being verified, added the DCP
12:57 am: Delhi Chief Minister Arwind Kejriwal has arrived at the fire spot. A compensation of Rs 1 lakh compensation for the injured in the fire tragedy, 5 lakhs for the kin of those who died has been announced by the CM.
12:50 am: BJP Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari offers Rs 50,000 in compensation to the victims of the fire cracker factory fire in Bawana.
12:45 am: An FIR has been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections relating to culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible material. The maximum punishment under the sections is 10 years. The police said they have identified the owners and they will be questioned.
12:03 am: Union Health Minister J P Nadda said that the AIIMS and the Safdarjung Hospital were ready to provide all assistance to people injured in a blaze at a firecracker storage unit in Delhi’s Bawana area. The health ministry has also asked the hospitals to keep emergency services ready. Here are visuals from the hospital
11:57 pm: Minister of State Vijay Goel expressed concerns over the fire incident in Bawana. “Heard about the fire at Bawana and deeply saddened to know about the loss of lives, rushing to the spot immediately,” he said.
11:55 pm: Initial information from the Delhi government has confirmed that the privately owned factory was operating without prior permission from the fire department, civic agencies. Officials confirmed that it was operating at the Bawana Industrial Area, under the DSIIDC.
“The objective of the project is to de-congest Delhi and to relocate the industries in approved industrial estates.The goal was also to reduce environmental pollution in residential areas and provide environment friendly condition in alternative localities,” says the DSIIDC project objective. It was created following the SC order in the MC Mehta case in 1996.
11:40 pm: “I have directed officials of @MoHFW_INDIA to provide immediate support. Union Health Secretary has spoken to Chief Secretary Delhi. AIIMS trauma centre and Burn Unit Of Safadjung Hospital is ready to provide all support (sic),” Union Health Minister J P Nadda tweeted.
Deeply saddened by the fire incident in Bawana.
Condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and I pray for speedy recovery to the ones who are injured.
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) January 20, 2018
11:15 pm: SEE PICS | Massive fire rips through two-storeyed factory in Delhi, kills 17
10.35 pm: People watch fire at a factory in Bawana industrial area in northwest Delhi on Saturday evening. (PTI Photo)
10:28 pm: The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained.
10:22 pm: I received information about the incident on phone at around 9 pm & we immediately rushed to the spot. The situation is under control now: NorthMayor Preety Aggarwal.
10:13 pm: Parliamentarian Naveen Jindal tweeted, “Saddened to hear about the tragic death of several people because of
#Bawana fire. My deepest condolences to the families of the victims. I pray to God for the speedy recovery of the injured.”
10:12 pm: “Deeply anguished by the fire at a factory in Bawana. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. May those who are injured recover quickly,” expressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
10:10 pm: According to Chief Fire Chief (DFS) Atul Garg the DFS was alerted about the fire at 6:20 pm, following which, fifteen Fire tenders were deputed to the spot. “It was a make-4 Fire call. The fire had broken out from the basement of the factory and eventually spread to the ground floor and the upper floors.”
10:05 pm: Former Rajasthan chief minister reacting on the incident tweeted, “Saddened to hear about the death of many people due to fire in Delhi’s Bawana Industrial Area. My condolences to the grieving families who lost their loved ones in this unfortunate incident….may the injured recover soon.”
10:02 pm: Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into the fire accident in fire4cracker factory in Delhi’s Bawana.
9:59 pm: Fire has been completely doused on the second floor of the firecracker factory in Bawana industrial area. While 17 people have died in the blaze one person has been injured.
9:57 pm: We received 3 calls from Bawana – Sector 1 a plastic factor, 2nd from Sector 5 a cracker storage & Sector 3 a furnace oil storage. All casualties are from Sector 5 fire. Fire is completely under control now. We recovered 17 bodies so far”: GC Mishra, Director Delhi Fire Services.
9:49 pm: The firecracker factory was illegal confirms District Magistrate, as rescue operation continues.
9:41 pm: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted and expressed grief over the casualties.
9:39 pm: Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said that the government is monitoring the situation in Bawana.
9:20 pm: We had received a call at 3.35 that a fire had broken out on the second floor of E-41 in Bawana. We had immediately sprung to action, said the Fire Officer.
8:57 pm: “The fire is under control now. It had broken out around 3.30 pm and was contained around 7. We have contained the fire on the second floor,”ANI quoted a Fire Officer as saying.
8:54 pm: The fire official said rescue operations are still on and the firefighters are trying to control the blaze.
8:52 pm: Delhi Fire Services official said that the firefighters have removed nine bodies. However, Rohini DCP Rajneesh Gupta said four people have died in the blaze.
8:49 pm: The Delhi Fire Services received a call about the fire at a firecracker factory in Bawana around 6.20 pm and 10 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
(With input from agencies)
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