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Delhi fire: PM Modi anguished at loss of life in Bawana blaze

A Delhi Fire Services official said 17 people are feared dead as the fire ripped through a two-storeyed factory in outer Delhi's Bawana industrial area this evening.

By: PTI | New Delhi | January 20, 2018 11:04:04 pm
PM Modi anguished at loss of life in Bawana fire Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Express photo by Renuka Puri/Files)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish at the death of people in a fire at a factory in Delhi’s Bawana on Saturday. “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,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted quoting Modi.

A Delhi Fire Services official said 17 people are feared dead as the fire ripped through a two-storeyed factory in outer Delhi’s Bawana industrial area this evening.  The Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into the blaze, even as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he is keeping a “close watch” on the rescue operations.

According to a Delhi fire services officials, the blaze started from a firecracker factory which has a rubber factory atop it on the second storey.

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Expressing his grief over the “large number of casualties” in the fire, chief minister Kejriwal said he is keeping a “close watch” on the rescue operations. “V(ery) sad to hear abt large no of casualties. Keeping a close watch on rescue operations,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

According to the Delhi Fire Services officials, seventeen people were feared dead in the blaze that engulfed a building in Bawana industrial area, housing a cracker and rubber manufacturing units.

Delhi Urban Development minister Satyendar Jain said an inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

“Learnt about a serious fire incident in a private factory at Bawana. Several casualties reported. Monitoring the situation. Ordered enquiry,” Jain tweeted.

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