17 feared dead in Delhi's Bawana industrial area

Nine die in plastic factory fire in Bawana Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish at the death of people in the fire.

"It is a very tragic incident".

Delhi Urban Development minister Satyendar Jain said an inquiry has been ordered into the incident. He said the injured will get an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh.

Manoj Tiwari also announced compensation of Rs 50,000 to the victims of fire incident. "Learnt about a serious fire incident in a private factory at Bawana".

AAP chief Kejriwal, who visited the site late tonight, said the truth will come out only after the inquiry, which has been ordered by the government.

Deadly fires are not uncommon in India where fire protection codes are often limited and poorly enforced where they do exist.

"Seventeen bodies have been taken out from the warehouse".

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New Delhi, Jan 20 Union Health Minister J P Nadda today said that the AIIMS and the Safdarjung Hospital were ready to provide all assistance to people injured in a blaze at a firecracker storage unit in Delhi's Bawana area.

At the time of filing this report, 10 fire tenders were at the spot and trying to douse the flames.

As per Delhi Fire Services official, the rescue operation is underway and many have been evacuated from the building.

"The factory falls in the Delhi State Industrial And Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) area".

The cause of the fire is yet to be known. The number of casualties is likely to rise further. The two injured have been admitted to a hospital.The police also confirmed 17 people were killed and said an FIR has been registered.

"It is to be verified whether they are the owners or have taken the premises on rent", Gupta said.

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