43 die in Delhi fire, NDRF rescue operations underway

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2019

More than 40 people have died in a factory fire in India's capital New Delhi, with the toll still expected to rise, officials said. Over 50 people were inside the factory operating from a residential area when the blaze broke out, reports PTI. "Injured are being taken to hospitals", the chief minister said in a tweet. The police says the fire may have been caused by a short circuit, reports CNN-News18. "It had become a toxic chamber".

Rescue operations are now underway.

AM:"My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones", says Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Wishing the injured a quick recovery", Modi tweeted.

The cause of the fire is being investigated. Firemen doing their best.

Delhi Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain said that an investigation will be conducted into the incident. "I pray for the early recovery of the injured".

Many people trapped inside were rescued and rushed to RML Hospital and Hindu Rao Hospital, they said.

Sunil Choudhary, Deputy Chief Fire Officer said, "Fire has been doused, 15 people rescued so far; Rescue operation underway, 27 fire tenders engaged in the operation".

AM: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called it a very "tragic news".

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also took to Twitter, saying that he was saddened by the news of the massive fire that broke out in the Anaj Mandi area, claiming several lives and leaving many others injured.

Expressing grief over the death of 32 people in a major fire that broke out in Anaj Mandi at Rani Jhansi Road here, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday instructed concerned authorities to provide all possible assistance on urgent basis.

Fire officials said it was very hard to access the dark, poorly lit premises in the commercial hub of Sadar Bazar in the Old Delhi area.

The factory was making handbags and lots of raw material was stored inside the building due to which the fire spread quickly, local media reported.

Dr. Kishore Singh said rescuers brought victims to his government-run hospital and two others in the city.

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