Fire breaks out at Delhi’s Anaj Mandi: 43 dead, 16 injured, while 56 rescued

Delhi: Anaj Mandi Factory on Rani Jhansi Road in Delhi turned out to be a death chamber for around 43 labourers on December 8, Sunday. A fire broke out in the factory at about 5 am, killing 43, and injuring 16. Thanks to various officers, and the combined effort of more than 30 fire trucks, they were able to save 56 people from the spot. Sources note that a short circuit must have caused the fire.

The packaging and bag-manufacturing factory in Anaj Mandi caught fire, while the labourers were asleep, which resulted in the death of 43 individuals. Police say that the death toll could increase with time. The main reason behind their death is said to be suffocation, due to the fire.

The officers have taken the injured to five nearby hospitals — LNJP, Safdarjung, RML, Hindu Rao, and Lady Hardinge. There are three factories in the area which manufacture bags, hats, and where packaging is being done.

Police say that the labourers didn’t realise the fire because the factory’s shutter was closed and locked from outside. Even a fire officer was injured in the rescue process. Police add that such factories have been running illegally in the residential area.

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