His wife and one-year-old son are waiting for him at their home in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The news of her husband's critical condition has not yet been broken to her, as relatives fear she would not be able to bear the shock.
Mohammad Javed, 28, who was injured in the fire, is battling for his life with 90% burn injuries in the intensive care unit of New Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital. He is the only earning member of the family of six.
His uncles, Mohammad Hasir and Abdul Nasir, who immediately left for Delhi from Indore on Monday night after getting the news, have been waiting outside the burns unit since they landed on Tuesday afternoon.
"His old parents at home are worried, and are constantly enquiring about his health. But since we haven't been given any updates on his condition, we have nothing to tell them," said Hasir, an embroidery worker.
Every year, Javed and his friend Mohammad Akbar, come to Delhi in search of work. They do welding work at various petrol pumps for a couple of months and return home. This year too, the duo came to Delhi about 15 days ago.
"We had asked them not to go this year, as we heard it was very cold in Delhi. But Javed had payments due, so he had to come," said Nasir.
Javed received the maximum injuries among the four people injured in the fire. "A car stopped a few metres away from Javed to get the air pressure checked. Suddenly, there was sparking in the underground pipeline and a fire broke out. He was the closest and got injured," said Mohammad Akbar, who took Javed to the hospital.