Delhi factory fire: More than 40 dead in India blaze

Delhi factory fire: More than 40 dead in India blaze
Source: BBC
Date: 08-12-2019 Time: 06:12:19:am
The factory is located in the congested old quarter

More than 40 people have been killed in a large fire at a factory in the Indian capital, Delhi, officials say.

The blaze broke out at the six-storey building in the city's congested old quarter in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Dozens of workers were sleeping inside the factory, which manufactures bags, say rescue services. There are fears the death toll will rise further.

Home Minister Amit Shah called it a "tragic loss of precious lives".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the fire was horrific and that authorities were "providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy".

Ambulances and firefighters at the scene of the fire in Delhi

Firefighters had to carry the victims out one-by-one because of the narrow alleyways

Delhi's firefighters received the first call about the fire at 05:22 local time on Sunday (23:52 GMT Saturday).

The area where the factory is located - Sadar Bazaar - is the city's largest commercial market. It has many narrow alleyways, which made it difficult to reach the blaze.

By 09:30 local time, at least 56 people had been moved to hospital, Delhi Fire Service director Atul Garg was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times newspaper.

"All of them had fallen unconscious because of smoke," he said.

Scores of injured people are now being treated in the city's hospitals.

Members of India"s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) head towards the site of the fire

A cause for the blaze is yet to be determined

Another senior fire service official, Sunil Choudhary, said the factory was used to store school bags, and bottles, among other materials.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.