Bawana cracker factory fire kills 17 workers

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A fire in a factory in the industrial area of Delhi's Bawana has reportedly killed at least 17 people.

Officials said that the rescue operations are underway as more people are suspected to be trapped inside, however the situation is totally under control. Ten women and seven men were killed while a man and woman were injured in a massive blaze at a firecracker storage unit in outer Delhi's Bawana industrial area yesterday evening. The police had said that an FIR has been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections relating to culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible material.

Delhi fire department officials said about 30 people working in the unit were trapped when the fire broke out around 6.20pm in the building that had a lone exit door in the front. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. The Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into it. "The cause of the fire is not yet known", Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajneesh Gupta said.

North Delhi Mayor, Preeti Agrawal told ANI, "I received information about the incident on phone at around 9 pm & we immediately rushed to the spot". Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the dead and Rs 1 lakh to the injured.

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However, Delhi Police put the number of casualties in the incident at 4.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was "deeply anguished" by the incident.

There are also reports that a fire cracker factory was functioning in the area.

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