Deadly fire engulfs Delhi firecracker factory

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January 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed grief over the death of 17 people in a fire incident at Bawana Industrial Area in the outskirts of Delhi.

Ten fire tenders have been pressed to the spot. The cause of the fire has yet to be ascertained.

The blaze started in the basement of a three-storey plastic manufacturing facility in the Bawana industrial area on the northern edge of New Delhi, which officials suspect was also used to store fireworks. The fire was of a make four category.

"Saddened at the loss of 17 lives in the Bawana cracker factory fire". Moving through the lanes was also a challenge, said sources. The Delhi government has reportedly ordered an investigation into the blaze.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, along with Jain rushed to the site of the fire. Several casualties. Monitoring the situation. "May those who are injured recover quickly", the Prime Minister's Office tweeted quoting Modi. "Ordered enquiry", Jain said in a tweet on Saturday.

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According to Rohini deputy commissioner of police Rajneesh Gupta, a case has been registered and a co-owner of the unit, Manoj Jain, was taken into custody.

The victims were trapped in the basement, first and second floors when the fire spread from the basement to the floors above, the police officer said.

Officials said the building, which didn't have the mandatory no-objection certificate on fire safety, was sealed after the blaze.

Initial probes have revealed that the building at the F block, where the fire occurred on Saturday, had its exit routes blocked with raw materials, including phosphorous compounds.