Delhi Anaj Mandi Fire Live Updates: Short Circuit Caused Blaze That Killed 43, FIR registered against owner :- A massive fire broke out in early Sunday morning at a six-storey factory in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi road that has left at least 43 people dead and 21 critically injured so far.
Delhi Anaj Mandi Fire Live Updates
Reportedly, around 20 people were trapped inside the building when the fire broke out early morning. The fire was reported at around 5.22 am, after which 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot in Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road in Delhi. As per a fire official, several people, who were trapped inside the factory, died after reaching hospital. Reportedly, the fire squad managed to rush 50 people to four separate hospitals, where many succumbed to their injuries. While some of the people were taken to LNJP Hospital, others were taken to RML Hospital, Lady Hardinge Hospital and Hindu Rao Hospital as well.
Below are the updates:
Around 9:30 AM, While speaking to media, Deputy Fire Chief Officer Sunil Choudhary said, “A fire broke out in a 600 sq feet plot when labourers were asleep inside. It was very dark inside. It is a factory where school bags, bottles and other materials were kept.”
He further added, “We have so far sent 15 people to the LNJP hospital for medical aid. While some of them were injured, others had fainted. The owner said that around 20-25 labourers were sleeping inside when the incident happened.”
Meanwhile, as death toll in Anaj Mandi fire rises to 35 Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “V v tragic news. Rescue operations going on. Firemen doing their best. Injured are being taken to hospitals.”
FIR Registered Against Owner
Around 10:00 AM, LNJP hospital updates that thirty-four people who were brought to the hospital have already succumbed to injuries while 15 are still in critical condition.
Bharatiya Janata Party national working president JP Nadda has expressed anguish at the loss of lives in the Delhi fire tragedy at Anaj Mandi. He tweeted, “My thoughts are with bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. Have asked @BJP4delhi karykartas to provide all possible assistance to those affected.”
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed grief over the death of at least 35 people in a fire tragedy in Anaj Mandi in Rani Jhansi Road, New Delhi.
He said: “Tragic loss of precious lives in the fire accident in New Delhi. My deepest condolences with families of those who have lost their loved ones. I pray for the early recovery of the injured. Have instructed concerned authorities to provide all possible assistance on urgent basis.”
As per the latest update, over 50 people were inside the factory operating from a residential area when the blaze broke out instead of 25 as said earlier.
Out of 49 people taken to LNJP Hospital, 34 are dead while 15 are critical.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also expressed grief over the loss of lives. He tweeted,
“I am hurt by the news of the death of many people and injuries to many people due to the huge fire. I express my deepest condolences to the family of the dead and wish the injured well soon.”
Around 10:30 AM, Delhi minister Imran Hussain called for an investigation into the massive fire at a factory in Delhi and added that action will be taken against whoever is responsible.
Meanwhile, as per latest update from the police, 43 people have been killed in the massive fire while a few others continue to remain critical.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now reacted to the Delhi fire tragedy and termed it as an “extremely horrific” incident. He also offered condolences to the kin of individuals killed and injured in the fire.
He tweeted, “The fire in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road is extremely horrific. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a quick recovery. Authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy.”
Meanwhile, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he is reaching Anaj Mandi after 43 people were killed by a massive fire at a factory in the area.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has also reacted to the Delhi fire tragedy. Sitharaman termed the incident “grievous and heart-wrenching” after 43 people were killed by a major fire at a factory in Anaj Mandi.
Around 10:45, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) arrived at the fire site as rescue operations are still underway. At least 43 people have lost their lives in the fire incident.
After confirming that over 64 people have been saved till now, Delhi police says that rescue operations are still underway and 21 others have been rushed to the nearest hospital.
Meanwhile, according to a doctor at LNJP Hospital, smoke inhalation was the primary cause of the death of 34 people brought to LNJP hospital.
At 11:05 AM, chaotic scenes seen at the site of the fire incident in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi with relatives and locals rushing to the packed area looking for their family members. Distraught relatives tried to locate their family members at various hospitals where the injured and dead were taken. Many said they have no idea where their relatives were as there was no information being communicated to them.
At 11:15 AM, union ministers Anurag Thakur, Hardeep Singh Puri, BJP leaders Manoj Tiwari and Parvesh Verma reach spot, who were later joined by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
Meanwhile, the fire department officials suspect short circuit as the main cause behind the massive fire. A total of 30 fire tenders and more than 150 fire personnel are at the spot.
President Ram Nath Kovind in a tweet expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the tragic incident and wished a speedy recovery to those who got injured. He tweeted, “Extremely sad to hear the tragic news about fire in Delhi’s Anaz Mandi. My thoughts and prayers are with affected families. Wishing an early recovery to those injured. The local authorities are doing their best to rescue people and provide help.”
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed his condolences to the affected families and prayed for a speedy recovery of those who got injured in the fire incident.
At 11:30 AM, Delhi Cheif Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the families of those who were killed in the tragic fire incident in Delhi’s Anaaj Mandi and relief of Rs 1 lakh to those who have been injured.
He has also ordered a magisterial probe into the tragic fire incident that has killed 43 people as of now.
Kejriwal later reached the LNJP Hospital in Delhi where the injured are being treated.
At 11:45 AM, brother of the owner of the building that caught fire on Sunday morning killing at least 43 people has been arrested.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday expressed her deepest condolences to the families of those killed in a massive fire at a factory in Delhi and said she was saddened by the tragic incident.
At 12:15 PM, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari has demanded a high-level probe into the tragic fire incident in which 43 people were killed in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi on Sunday morning.
MS Randhawa, Delhi Police spokesperson said, “43 people have died while the injured have been admitted to LNJP and Lady Hardinge hospitals. Prima facie it appears short circuit caused fire. Plastic material at the spot caused a lot of smoke. Case transferred to Crime Branch, forensics team to arrive at the spot soon.”
He further added, ” The first phase which involved the immediate rescue of people is over. In the second stage, NDRF teams were called in to check on the rescue ops. After that, FSL teams will check the premises.”
Delhi Police has lodged an FIR against owners of the building under IPC Section 304-A (causing death due to negligence). The owners of the building that caught fire in Anaj Mandi, Rehan and Zuber, are absconding and police have launched a search for them.
At 12:45 PM, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh eachfrom Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to tragic fire in Delhi. PM has also approved Rs 50,000 each for those seriously injured in the fire