A major fire broke out on Saturday afternoon in a grease packaging factory in Outer Delhi’s Samaypur Badli area.
However, no causality has been reported. Police said the factory was being run illegally. Outer district police has registered a case and is looking into the matter.
Officials said fire-fighters took over five hours to control the flames as they faced difficulty in evacuating the trapped employees. “As the fire erupted in the shaft, it engulfed most of the floors making it difficult for us to evacuate the workers. We asked to be calm them and rescued them one by one.”
A senior fire officer said they received a call around 1.20 pm. Twenty-two fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the flames. “The fire was brought under control by 6 pm,” the officer added.
The officer said they took more time than normal to put out the fire as the factory was situated in a congested area. As a result, fire tenders faced difficulty in reaching the spot.
“Police has registered a case under appropriate sections of the IPC at Samaypur Badli police station in connection with the incident. They are now trying to ascertain the exact cause of the fire though prima facie it seems to have begun due to a spark in an electric cable. The fire broke out in the ground floor of the building, in a small storage room that housed petrol and diesel,” the officer said.
After the incident, a team of forensic experts also visited the spot and lifted samples to ascertain the cause of the fire. “Police are now scrutinising the papers of the factory and are questioning the factory owner,” the officer said.