New Delhi, Apr 12 (TruthDive): A major fire reportedly broke out on Friday afternoon, in a slum area in New Delhi’s Bawana industrial area. A total of fifteen fire tenders were rushed to the site where 1,500 people were said to be residing.
Fire officials said that at least five people were seriously injured and are in a critical stage. Officials said that it is too early to say whether any people are trapped in the fire. Police in large numbers reached the spot where the incident took place.
According to an early report, people said that they heard a loud sound after which the fire broke out indicating the sound to be the burst of a LPG cylinder. However, police claimed saying that the exact cause of the fire is yet to be detected.
Rescue operations are under way and police were uncertain whether any people might have been trapped in the fire accident. Some people in the area claimed that there was a poor response from the fire brigade as they made delay in reaching the spot, due to which a mob who got agitated also targeted the fire tender officials. The injured were admitted to the Maharishi Valmiki Hospital.
Bawana which is located in North West Delhi is also said to be the home of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Industrial Park. The area is considered as one of the best planned industrial areas in India.
In a similar incident last year, a major fire broke out at an industry in the same locality that was producing plastic goods leading to heavy damage as goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in the fire.
Identically, a couple of years back in December 2011, in a fire that broke out in a residence in Sultanpur Dabas village in Bawana, three people were charred to death and many were left injured.