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Bawana fire highlights: Owner of factory arrested by Delhi Police after blaze kills 17

At least 17 people were killed after a fire broke out at a firecracker factory in outer Delhi’s Bawana industrial area.

delhi Updated: Jan 21, 2018 12:37 IST
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Police stand guard and journalists gather in front of a plastic factory in the Bawana industrial area on the northern edge of New Delhi on January 20, 2018 after a fire killed at least 17 workers.
Police stand guard and journalists gather in front of a plastic factory in the Bawana industrial area on the northern edge of New Delhi on January 20, 2018 after a fire killed at least 17 workers. (AFP Photo)

At least 17 people were killed after a fire broke out at a firecracker factory in outer Delhi’s Bawana industrial area on Saturday evening.

At least half a dozen people are still trapped inside the building and rescue operations are on.

The exact cause of the fire was not immediately known. Officials, however, suspected that a short-circuit could have led to the blaze. The owner of the factory Manoj Jain has been arrested by Delhi Police.

Highlights:

11:54am: BJP’s Preeti Aggarwal claims video of her telling aides not to speak against Delhi civic body ‘fake’, blames AAP. 

9:17am: BJP MLA Manoj Tiwari on Kejriwal retweeting fake video says CM should apologise for such low-level politics in time of despair, reports ANI.

8am: The owner of the factory Manoj Jain has been arrested by Delhi Police, reports ANI.

12.45am: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announces Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the dead and Rs 1 lakh to the injured.

12.40am:

11.55pm: Arvind Kejriwal will visit the site of the fire soon.

11.30pm: Union health minister JP Nadda on Saturday said that the AIIMS and the Safdarjung Hospital were ready to provide all assistance to the injured. The health ministry has also asked the hospitals to keep emergency services ready.

10.55pm: “Eight people have been brought to us in all— six of them had sustained 100% burn injuries and had died on the spot, and two others have been admitted and are being currently stabilized,” said a doctor in the Maharishi Valmiki hospital, requesting anonymity.

10:40pm: Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal expressed condolences over the incident.

10:26pm: I received information about the incident on phone at around 9 pm and we immediately rushed to the spot. Situation is under control now: North Delhi mayor Preety Aggarwal

10:18pm: Deeply anguished by the fire at a factory in Bawana. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. May those who are injured recover quickly, tweeted PM Modi

10:17pm: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted to say that the government is keeping a close watch on rescue operations.

10:16pm: Delhi industries minister Satyendar Jain said the government has ordered an enquiry into the incident.

10:15pm: Delhi Police officials said people who were trapped inside the factory died of burn injuries and asphyxiation.

10:14pm: Chief fire officer Atul Garg said that the control room was informed about the blaze at 6:20 pm.