Massive fire broke out at 5AM on Sunday, at a luggage manufacturing factory in north Delhi and claimed lives of 43 people. People who lost their lives were labourers who were sleeping in the factory in Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road.
Thirty fire trucks are at the site to douse the flames and have taken the situation under control. The fire is suspected to have started at the workshop of the bag manufacturing factory. The cause of the fire is not known yet. However, more than 50 people were inside the factory operating from a residential area when the fire broke out.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal rushed to the site after meeting the injured at the hospital. He said, “It is a very sad incident. I have ordered a magisterial inquiry into it. Compensation of Rs 10 lakhs each will be given to families of those dead and Rs 1 lakh each to those injured. The expense of medical treatment of those injured to be borne by the government.”
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel are putting in efforts in the rescue operations.
MS Randhawa, PRO Delhi Police said, “Prima facie it appears short circuit caused fire. Plastic material at the spot caused a lot of smoke. Case transferred to Crime Branch, forensics team to arrive at the spot soon.”