A battery factory in Delhi’s Peeragarhi has collapsed after a fire broke out in the wee hours of Thursday. It is estimated that fourteen people, including 13 firefighters, were injured in the tragedy. A security guard of the factory was also reportedly injured, a police official told reporters and said one person was still trapped under the debris. The building collapsed in the vicinity of the Udoh Nagar area after the blast occurred while firefighters were trying to douse the blaze, an official said, adding that the fire department had received a call at 4:23 am.
People and fire personnel were trapped inside the building. Those injured, including fire brigade personnel, were rushed to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital and Balaji Action Hospital. Injured people are still undergoing treatment.
35 Fire tenders were immediately pressed into service after a fire broke out in the building. Heavy smoke was reported to have originated from the factory. The fire was brought under control. Several are still inside the building and rescue operation is currently underway. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and said he was monitoring the situation.
“V sad to hear this. Am closely monitoring the situation. Fire personnel trying their best. Praying for the safety of those trapped,” Kejriwal tweeted.