Updated: January 2, 2020 4:04:08 pm
Building collapses in Delhi’s Peeragarhi: A firefighter was killed and 14 others were injured after a battery factory collapsed in Delhi’s Peera Garhi following an explosion due to a fire that broke out on Thursday morning. As many as 18 people were rescued from the building, including two caretakers and a security guard, according to news agency PTI .
The deceased firefighter has been identified as Amit Balyan (20), who was admitted to Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condoled his death and tweeted, “It is with deep sadness I inform you that one of our firemen was martyred while saving people from fire. Our firemen save other people’s lives by putting their lives under extremely risk in difficult circumstances. May his soul rest in peace.”
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal also condoled the death of the firefighter.
“Deeply anguished over news of death of fire operator Amit Balyan Amit along with his team members fought bravely to save lives of many people. I salute his bravery My sincere condolences to his family members. All possible assistance to be extended to the injured & bereaved family,” he tweeted.
The fire department received a call around 4.23 am about a fire inside a factory at Udoh Nagar area following which seven fire tenders rushed to the spot. Later, an explosion inside the factory caused the building to collapse.
According to fire department officials, the fire has been brought under control but the cooling process is still underway. All the firemen, who were trapped under the debris, have been rescued.
In December, at least forty-three people were killed and nearly 50 injured after a massive fire broke out at a paper factory operating from a residential area at Anaj Mandi in Rani Jhansi road.
In August too, scores of patients were evacuated after a fire broke out near the emergency ward at Delhi’s AIIMS. Six people, including three children, were killed after a major fire broke out in a residential building in South East Delhi’s Zakir Nagar during the same period.
with PTI inputs
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