December 8: At least 35 people have been killed in a massive fire that broke out in Dew Delhi on Sunday morning, the Indian media reported.
The Press Trust of India (PTI) quoting Delhi police said 35 persons were killed in the fire at Anaj Mandi area of Rani Jhansi Road.
India Today and Business Today both have put the death toll at 43.
Rescue and fire department officials have rescued several people, many of whom are critical, reported India Today.
According to PTI, over 50 people were inside the factory operating from a residential area when the blaze broke out in the wee hours.
“A call about the fire was received at 5:22 AM following which 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot,” PTI reported.
Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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."
India Today further reported that authorities have confirmed many of people who were brought to the hospital have died. Many of the rescued and injured have been rushed to RML Hospital, Lady Hardinge and Hindu Rao Hospital.
The building was reportedly packed with labourers who worked in different factories. Police have started looking for the owner of the building, India Today said.