43 Killed in Blaze at Factory in Delhi

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At least 43 people have been reported dead and 21 are critical after a massive fire broke out at a six-storey factory in the Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road today morning when labourers were asleep inside, police said. Over 50 people were inside the factory operating from a residential area when the blaze broke out, they said.

A call about the fire was received at 5.22am following which 30 fire engines were rushed to the spot. Fire officials said 56 people who were trapped had been rescued and were rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Hindu Rao Hospital.

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At least 50 people have been rescued so far. The fire has been doused and rescue efforts are underway.

– The incident came to light when the fire department received a call at 5.22 am following which 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Several people trapped inside were rescued and rushed to the LNJP hospital.

– The Delhi government has ordered a probe and sought a report within seven days, said CM Arvind Kejriwal who arrived the site of fire earlier today.

-Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “The fire in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road is extremely horrific. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a quick recovery. Authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy.”

– Today’s incident is the worst fire tragedy seen by the city since a similar incident in Bawana last year in which 17 labourers were charred to death.