Desk Report: At least 43 people, many of whom were believed to be labourers, died after a fire broke out at a factory in a crowded and congested central Delhi neighbourhood this morning, police and fire officials said. The factory had no NOC from the fire department.
Most of the people working in the units were fast asleep when the fire broke out in the second floor of the building in the early hours and 30 fire tenders were pressed into service, fire officials said.
A preliminary probe suggested that short circuit triggered the blaze, they said.
Nearly 150 fire personnel carried out the rescue operation and pulled out 63 people from the building.
While 43 labourers died, many others were injured, including two fire personnel, fire officials said. They said none of the units had a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the fire department and the congested area made rescue operations difficult. Firemen had to cut window grills to access the building.
Firemen made their way through narrow lanes to rescue those trapped inside the blackened building and carried many unconscious labourers on their backs.
Many people trapped inside were rescued and rushed to RML Hospital, LNJP and Hindu Rao Hospital, fire officials said.
Power discom BYPL said the fire broke out due to some “internal system” in the building. A spokesperson of power discom BSES Yamuna Power Limited said their team immediately disconnected the power supply.