17 killed in blaze at factory in Delhi's Bawana; fire contained

"It is a very tragic incident".

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain also visited the site and met the two survivors at the hospital.

The injured Sunita Devi, a resident of Metro Vihar, about 1.5km from the Bawana industrial area, was hired as a helper two days ago.

The Chief Minister said the matter will be fully probed on how the licence was given, who gave the licence and how the incident happened.

On the other hand, North Delhi Mayor Pretty Aggarwal said, "I received information about the incident on phone at around 9 pm & we immediately rushed to the spot". Many of these incidents are a result of failing to comply with the fire safety norms. "My thoughts are with the families of the persons killed in the mishap", Harsh Vardhan said in a tweet.

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

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"Seventeen bodies have been taken out from the godown including some women, have reportedly sustained burn injuries". The rescue operation continued for almost two hours before the fire was doused.

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

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.

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 bodies are kept at the mortuary of Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital while the two injured people, including 40-year-old Sunita Devi, are admitted to Maharshi Valmiki hospital. The owners misuse this clause by classifying their establishments under the small-unit category while submitting the building plan, said a source. "The rescue operations are underway as more people are suspected to be trapped inside the factory", said officials. The relatives of some of the deceased and the injured have been informed, he added.

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