Delhi: 3 dead after rubber factory catches fire

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13 Jul 2019

Delhi: Fire breaks out at rubber factory, 3 dead

In an unfortunate incident, three people died in Delhi on Saturday after a fire broke out at a rubber factory in Jhilmil industrial area.

The fire broke out in the early hours of the day and the cause is yet to be ascertained.

After the blaze was reported, 26 fire engines were rushed to the spot to contain it.

Here are more details.

Details

Two men and one woman reportedly died in accident

Two men and one woman reportedly died in accident

According to reports, the fire department received a call about the incident at 9:25 AM.

The deceased, two men and a woman, were rushed to a nearby hospital but were declared "brought dead", said Chief fire officer Atul Garg.

While efforts are on to douse the fire, the extent of the damage couldn't be ascertained. The fire caused panic among residents and shopkeepers.

Firefighting operations are underway

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Factory

To note, the factory made plastic and rubber sanitary items

The factory, which went up in flames, manufactures plastic and rubber sanitary items. It is housed in a building which consists of a ground floor and three upper floors.

Despite being an industrial area, the locality is dotted with residential houses.

Moreover, the narrow lanes also contribute towards the congestion; evidently it has made rescue operations difficult.

Past incidents

Last month, three died after school caught fire in Faridabad

Last month, three died after school caught fire in Faridabad

There has been a steep rise in fire accidents in Delhi/NCR. Just last month, a fire broke out in a private school in Faridabad, killing three, including two children.

The blaze started at a clothes godown under the school, which was shut for summer vacations. Neighbors rescued the deceased, but they had suffered major injuries by then.

Locals alleged firefighters reached the spot late.

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