17 dead after blaze engulfs plastic factory in Bawana

"Learnt about a serious fire incident in a private factory at Bawana".

At the time of filing this report, 10 fire tenders were at the spot and trying to douse the flames.

The official said the blaze, which started from a firecracker factory, has been brought under control.

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Meanwhile, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal posted a tweet saying that he was keeping a close watch on the rescue operations.

On the other hand, North Delhi Mayor Preety Aggarwal said, "I received information about the incident on phone at around 9 pm & we immediately rushed to the spot".

"There are 17 casualties and one person was injured when he tried to jump out an upper-story window", department spokesman G.C. Mishra said. All casualties are from Sector 5 fire. "But explosions took place inside the building, causing casualties", Garg said.

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AAP chief Kejriwal, who visited the site late tonight, said the truth will come out only after the inquiry, which has been ordered by the government.

"Prima facie it appears packaging of the fire crackers were going on, but no machines have been found", he said.

The victims were trapped in the basement, first and second floors when the fire spread from the basement to the floors above, the police officer said. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. Ten women and seven men were killed, another fire official said, noting that a man and woman have been injured. The police have so far confirmed nine deaths in the fire. "May those who are injured recover quickly", the prime minister's office tweeted.

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