New Delhi: Three people, including two women, have died in a massive fire at a hardware factory in the national capital on Saturday, July 13, police said.
The fire broke out at the factory manufacturing household tools and equipment in Shahdara's Jhilmil industrial area around 9 am, according to fire officials. They also said that the information about the blaze was received at 9.25 am and 31 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. As per reports, it took firefighters, who made their way to the building in the middle of a narrow and congested lane, more than two hours to extinguish the fire.
The fire officials said rescue operations were underway and they were trying to ascertain if more persons were trapped in the building. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Meghna Yadav said two women and a man died in the fire.
The hardware factory where the fire broke out manufactures plastic and rubber items - mainly household tools and equipment. The building consists of a ground floor and three upper floors.
The cause of the fire is not known yet, and an investigation is being carried out in this regard.
Despite being an industrial area, there are several residential buildings located near the factory. The area is congested and unplanned, and the lanes are narrow, highlighting the lack of proper planning.
In January last year, 17 people- 10 women and seven men, were killed in a massive blaze at a firecracker storage unit in outer Delhi's Bawana industrial area.
(With inputs from PTI)