Delhi Anaj Mandi Fire LIVE: At least 43 people have been reported dead and 21 are critical after a massive fire broke out at a six-storey factory in the Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road today morning when labourers were asleep inside, police said. Over 50 people were inside the factory operating from a residential area when the blaze broke out, they said.
A call about the fire was received at 5.22am following which 30 fire engines were rushed to the spot. Fire officials said 56 people who were trapped had been rescued and were rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Hindu Rao Hospital.
The traffic police has adviced commuters coming from St Stephen to Jhandewalan to use the Rani Jhansi flyover as the road below has been closed for public due to the incident.
Chaotic scenes were witnessed at the site of the fire incident with relatives and locals rushing to the area. Distraught relatives tried to locate their family members at various hospitals where the injured and dead were taken.
Manoj (23), a resident of Begusarai in Bihar, said his brother Naveen (18) was working in a handbag manufacturing unit operating from the premises. “I got a call from his friend informing that he has been injured in the incident. I have no clue which hospital he has been taken to,” he said.
According to an unidentified elderly man whose three nephews were working in the factory, “At least 12-15 machines were installed in the unit. I have no idea about the factory owner. “My nephews Mohammed Imran and Ikramuddin were inside the factory. I don’t know their whereabouts,” the man said. According to him, many units were operating from the premises which was located in a congested area.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to express his grief over the incident and said injured were being rushed to hospitals.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and several politicians, including Nirmala Sitharaman, Ram Vilas Paswan and Bhupinder S Hooda, also expressed their condolence.