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Noida factory fire: Six killed were trapped by locked terrace door

A fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon on the first floor of the building in Noida’s sector 11.

noida Updated: Apr 20, 2017 13:25 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal and Vinod Rajput
Peeyush Khandelwal and Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times, Noida
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A major fire broke out on the first floor of an electronic goods factory in Noida’s sector 11 on Wednesday afternoon. (Sunil Ghosh/HT)

Six people killed in a factory fire in Noida on Wednesday may have been saved had the door to the terrace on the fourth floor not been locked, said fire department officials.

The six were working on the third floor of the four-storey Excel Greentech in Noida’s Sector 11.

A fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon on the first floor of the building, said Akshay Ranjan Sharma, the chief fire officer (Ghaziabad). Eyewitnesses said many ran down while some others fled upstairs.

“The gate that leads to the terrace, on the fourth floor, was locked. Those who fled downstairs are safe but the six who tried to escape by running upstairs were burnt. If the gate had not been locked, six lives could have been saved,” said Akshay Ranjan Sharma.

Fire officials said the building was stashed with inflammable material like electronic goods, wires and paper. The basement, meant to be a car park, was also used for storage. The third floor was the office area while the basement and first floor was used by labourers, who had left for lunch.

Deputy director the Uttar Pradesh fire department, Aman Sharma, said the building did not have a fire safety system and norms were not followed.

“The terrace gate of a building should remain open, so that in case of an emergency the people inside can go there. If it was not locked then the six people could have escaped. It is yet to be verified why the gate was locked,” said Aman Sharma.

Ghaziabad’s chief fire officer added there were no sprinklers on any of the office floors and only in the basement.

Police suspect that one of the directors of the firm, Sanjay Das, was killed in the blaze. “However we are yet to identify his body,” said Dinesh Yadav, SP City (Noida).

“We have asked for a list of all the employees of the company. Then we will ascertain the number of casualties,” said Yadav.

The two other owners of the company are Rajesh Ponty, who stays in Noida’s sector 107, and Mahboob Akhtar, who is a resident of Delhi. Police said they were not in the building when the fire broke out.

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 13:24 IST