Delhi: 43 dead as massive fire breaks out at Anaj Mandi, Arvind Kejriwal orders probe

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A massive fire broke out early morning in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi area on Sunday in which at least 43 people have died so far. Rescue and fire department officials have rescued several people, many of whom are critical.

Delhi Police has confirmed the huge death toll in the early morning fire in Delhi. Over 56 people have been injured in the fire, according to the last figure. Over 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire and to carry out rescue operations.

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, CM Arvind Kejriwal, BJP leaders Manoj Tiwari and Anurag Thakur have reached the site of the Anaj Mandi fire.

CM Kejriwal announced compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the families of those who have died in the fire and Rs 1 lakh for the injured.

He said, “It is a very sad incident. I have ordered a magisterial inquiry into it. Compensation of Rs 10 lakh each will be given to families of those who died today and Rs 1 lakh each to those injured. The expense of medical treatment of those injured to be borne by the government.”

Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer, Delhi Fire Service said, “Till now we have rescued more than 50 people, most of them were affected due to smoke.”

PM Narendra Modi tweeted saying, “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 government has ordered a probe into the incident that has turned out to be one of the biggest fire accidents in the national capital.

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

Speaking to media, deputy fire chief officer Sunil Choudhary said: “A fire broke out in a 600 sq feet plot. It was very dark inside. It is a factory where school bags, bottles and other materials were kept.”

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