New Delhi: One person was charred to death after a fire broke out at a factory in Delhi’s Pratap Nagar area today. A total of 18 fire tenders are present at the site. All the injured have been rushed to a hospital. The fire has now been contained. An LPG explosion is being said to be responsible for the blaze in the factory. “Eyewitnesses say that an LPG cylinder exploded following which fire broke out. No casualties reported, a Fire Service personnel injured & admitted to hospital. 18 fire tenders are working, we have successfully contained the fire. Cooling is underway,” Fire Officer Rajinder Atwal said. Also Read - 6 Dead, Several Injured in Blast at Firecracker Factory Near Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu
Cosmetics, nail polish, children’s toys, and bags are made in the factory. “The fire started at around 3.47 a.m. Fire tenders are on the spot and trying to douse the fire. It is under control,” said Atul Garg, Director, Delhi Fire Service.
In an earlier incident, at least 40 shanties were gutted and six domesticated animals died after a fire broke out near the Harikesh Nagar Metro Station in southeast Delhi’s Okhla Phase II. Delhi Fire Service (DFS) Director Atul Garg said it was medium category fire. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to express his concerns and assured all possible help to those affected. “Concerned about the news of fire incident at Okhla. I am constantly in touch with the fire department and the district administration, people are being provided with all possible help,” he said. A senior police officer said the fire broke out at a katran (waste cloth cutting godown) and later spread to the shanties. A truck present at the spot was also gutted. He said the cause of the fire was being ascertained. Twenty-six fire tenders were deployed in total, and the blaze was successfully brought under control.