A senior reporter from a Hindi News channel died when he went to the spot to cover an incident of fire. A cameraman of another channel was injured in the incident as well.
Ajay Tiwari (34) had gone to cover a major fire that broke out in a factory-cum-godown in Dabri in southwest Delhi on Wednesday afternoon.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 4.30 pm at a foam factory in Rajapuri. The police said that the Tiwari got trapped inside the debris of a portion of the factory wall that collapsed after a cylinder blast in the factory.
“Tiwari, the field reporter with Sahara Samay, was covering the event for the channel when debris fell from the first floor of the building due to a cylinder blast,” said a senior fire official.
Police said that Madan Mohan, a cameraman with India News, who was standing close to Tiwari, suffered injuries on his hands in the incident. According to police, firemen who were already at the spot to douse the blaze took Tiwari out of the debris.
“Both were rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where Tiwari succumbed to his injuries during treatment while Mohan is recuperating and is stated to be out of danger,” added the fire official said. Fourteen fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the blaze.
The cause of fire at the godown is yet to be ascertained. Officials said the shortage of fire dousing material was hampering their efforts to put down the fire.
Tiwari, who was working with Sahara Samay for last four years, is survived by his wife and a 3-year-old son.