In a major incident that rocked the national Capital on Saturday about seventeen people are feared dead after a fire ripped through a two-storey factory in outer Delhi's Bawana industrial area this evening, a Delhi Fire Services official said.
Rescuers took almost two hours to put out the fire as the search and rescue operation continued late into the night.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted to say: "V sad to hear abt large no of casualties".
"Prima facie it appears packaging of the fire crackers were going on, but no machines have been found", he said. "Deeply anguished by the fire at a factory in Bawana".
North Delhi mayor Preety Agarwal has rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. The Delhi Fire Service received a call about the fire at the factory around 6.20 pm.
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While the fire department said the blaze occurred at a firecracker storage unit, the DCP had said they are yet to confirm this.
The Chief Minister said the matter will be fully probed on how the licence was given, who gave the licence and how the incident happened.
"The factory falls in the Delhi State Industrial And Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) area".
He also said police would register a case.
The Delhi government ordered an inquiry into the fire. "Condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and I pray for speedy recovery to the ones who are injured", he said on Twitter. "Keeping a close watch on rescue operations". "May those who are injured recover quickly". Most of the victims died due to asphyxiation, officials said. "Several casualties reported. Monitoring the situation.Ordered enquiry".