New Delhi, Jan 20: At least 17 people were killed and several injured in a devastating fire that ravaged a firecracker factory in Delhi’s Bawana Industrial Area on Saturday. Ten fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire. The officials of the fire department said they have prevented the fire from spreading it to neighbouring buildings in the area.

Commenting on the major accident, Director of Delhi Fire Services G C Mishra said that the department has so far recovered 17 bodies from the factory in sector-5 of Bawana. “We received 3 calls from Bawana – Sector 1 a plastic factor, 2nd from Sector 5 a cracker storage & Sector 3 a furnace oil storage. All casualties are from Sector 5 fire. Fire is completely under control now. We recovered 17 bodies so far,” Mishra was quoted by ANI as saying.

The official of fire department added that fire had broken out at 3: 30 PM in the afternoon and brought under control around 7 pm in the evening.  “The fire is under control now. The fire had broken out around 3.30 PM and was contained around 7. We have contained the fire on the second floor,” another fire department official said.

Union health minister J P Nadda directed the health secretary to provide necessary help to the victims. He also asked AIIMS trauma center to be on alert. Meanwhile, the victims were being treated at  Maharshi Valmiki hospital, Dr. Ambedkar hospital and Raja Harishchandra hospital in Narela.