17 killed in blaze at factory in Delhi's Bawana; fire contained

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Two people were injured in the blaze, one of the Capital's deadliest industrial tragedies since 57 people were killed in a fire in the Lal Kuan chemical market complex in May 1999. "The highrise buildings are our main concern as such a fire can affect neighbouring buildings, which has happened in this case as well", said Delhi Fire Services chief G C Mishra.

"The fire was of Category Four, which means it was not big".

The fire started at the F-block of the industrial area, reported Times of India adding that the factory was packed with plastic pellets. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) Rajneesh Gupta said a person named Manoj Jain has been apprehended.

AAP chief Kejriwal, who visited the site late tonight, said the truth will come out only after the inquiry, which has been ordered by the government. "Keeping a close watch on rescue operations". Several casualties reported. Monitoring the situation.

"Learnt about a serious fire incident in a private factory at Bawana. Ordered enquiry (sic)", the minister tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief via Twitter. He said the injured will get an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh.

According to the official, there is a rubber factory on the second storey above the firecracker factory.

In November, a massive fire at a plastic factory in the northern city of Ludhiana left 13 people dead, including three firefighters who were killed when the building collapsed.

"After reaching the spot it was found out that fire had broken out at the basement ground and first floor of a cracker storage factory".