Published: Sun, December 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

43 dead after 'extremely horrific' fire in New Delhi market

43 dead after 'extremely horrific' fire in New Delhi market

At least 34 people died on Sunday in a major fire that broke out in a building in a grains market in central New Delhi, a doctor in a government-run hospital said. A massive fire broke out in a factory operating from a residential area in Anaj Mandi area here, leaving 35 people dead.

A call about the fire was received at 5:22 am following which 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

Scores of injured people are now being treated in the city's hospitals.

Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, described the incident as "very very tragic news". Most of the people affected were labourers sleeping inside when the fire broke out.

In 1997, a fire in a movie theater in New Delhi had killed 59 people. "Investigation will be conducted and action will be taken against whoever is responsible for it.", Mr. Hussain tweeted. He also added that he would soon be reaching the site of the incident.

The police officer - who said emergency personnel remained on the scene - also warned that the toll was likely to rise as "many others are in a critical condition". My thoughts are with the bereaved families.

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AM: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed condolences with families of those who have lost their loved ones. "Wishing the injured a quick recovery.", Modi tweeted. "Authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy", he wrote on Twitter. The Delhi traffic police have asked people not to use the Rani Jhansi flyover near New Delhi railway station as the road has been closed due to the incident. "The owner said that around 20-25 labourers were sleeping inside when the incident happened".

Fire officials said it was very hard to access the dark, poorly lit premises in the commercial hub of Sadar Bazar in the Old Delhi area.

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. "Firemen are doing their best", he added. "I have no clue which hospital he has been taken to", he said.

AM: Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital has confirmed many of those who were brought to the hospital were declared brought dead.

Gandhi expressed "deep shock and dismay" at the horrendous fire accident in a factory in Anaj Mandi area that has claimed several innocent lives.

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