Delhi factory blaze: 13 firemen injured in blast


fire broke out at a factory in Delhi’s Peeragarhi in the early hours of Thursday. During rescue operations a blast occurred, causing the collapse of the factory building in which several people, including fire brigade personnel, are still trapped.

The NDRF along with the Delhi Fire Service has managed to rescue one fireman trapped under the debris.

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According to the fire brigade, a call was received at around 4.23 am that a fire had broken out in a factory at Udyog Nagar in Peeragarhi and seven tenders were sent to fight the inferno. Later, due to the blast, the building collapsed and the personnel trapped.

According to initial information, a fire broke out at a factory in Peeragarhi early morning after which seven fire tenders were sent to the location. The building, however, collapsed due to blast, trapping several people including the personnel.

Thirty-five fire tenders as well as the NDRF are now at the spot and rescue operations are underway.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted about the incident, saying he was closely monitoring the situation. “V sad to hear this. Am closely monitoring the situation. Fire personnel trying their best. Praying for the safety of those trapped,” he said.

The incident is the latest in a series of fires in the national capital. On December 8, a massive blaze ripped through Delhi’s Anaj Mandi that left 43 labourers dead and many others injured. A week later, fire broke out at a godown of a furniture factory in Delhi’s Mundka area.