Bawana cracker factory fire kills 17 workers

Prior to Kejriwal, Union ministers Harsh Vardhan, Vijay Goel and partys Delhi unit president Manoj Tiwari headed to Bawana following the fire incident in a fire cracker factory that claimed 17 lives.

According to the official, there is a rubber factory on the second storey of the firecracker factory. "Situation is under control now".

The incident took place at F-90 in northwest Delhi's Bawana area.

"I received information about the incident on phone at around 9 pm and we immediately rushed to the spot". Officials of Delhi Fire Service and the north corporation admit that illegal constructions in factories are a major reason for repeated incidents of fire in the area but little has been done to rein them in.

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.

A compensation of Rs five lakh each will be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives and Rs one lakh each to the two injured persons, he told reporters.

Thirteen workers were killed in November 2016 in New Delhi after a makeshift factory was gutted in a fire. "Keeping a close watch on rescue operations (sic)".

The bodies are kept at the mortuary of Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital while the two injured people, including 40-year-old Sunita Devi, are admitted to Maharshi Valmiki hospital.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain also visited the site and met the two survivors at the hospital. "May those who are injured recover quickly", the Office of Prime Minister of India tweeted. Several casualties reported. Monitoring the situation. Most of the victims died due to asphyxiation, officials said.

  • Joey Payne