At least 17 killed in New Delhi factory fire

2018-01-20 21:05
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New Delhi - At least 17 workers were killed in a fire at a factory on the outskirts of India's capital, officials said on Saturday.

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 quickly spread upwards from the basement, trapping nearly two dozen workers on the upper floors, said an official at the capital's emergency service.

Rescuers took nearly two hours to put out the fire as the search and rescue operation continued late into the night.

Two people suffered injuries and were taken to hospital, he added.

Rescuers were uncertain about the fate of the other workers. Most of the victims died due to asphyxiation, officials said.

The government has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.


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