Delhi Anaj Mandi fire: 43 dead, several rescued, says Delhi police

Delhi Anaj Mandi fire: 43 dead, several rescued, says Delhi police

EC News Desk

New Delhi, December 8, 2019: A massive fire at a six-storey factory in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi has caused the deaths of at least 43 people so far. The fire was reported at around 5.22 am, following which 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot in Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road in Delhi. Official also confirmed that several people, who were trapped inside the factory, died after reaching hospital.

The death toll is likely to climb as many of the injured have suffered grievous injuries, according to fire and police officials. A total of 59 people were inside the factory operating from a residential area when the blaze broke out, they said.

The fire squad managed to rush 50 people to four separate hospitals, where many succumbed to their injuries. While some of the people were taken to LNJP Hospital, others were taken to RML Hospital, Lady Hardinge Hospital and Hindu Rao Hospital as well. Speaking to media, Deputy Fire Chief Officer Sunil Choudhary said, "A fire broke out in a 600 sq feet plot. It was very dark inside. It is a factory where school bags, bottles and other materials were kept."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the fire incident as extremely horrific and said authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy.

"The fire in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road is extremely horrific. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a quick recovery," the prime minister said in a tweet.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal described the fire incident as tragic and said firemen were doing their best.

"V v tragic news. Rescue operations going on. Firemen doing their best. Injured are being taken to hospitals," the chief minister said in a tweet.