Officials from the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) were alerted to a factory fire at 4:45 pm, prompting the dispatch of six fire tenders to the scene.
An explosion resulting from a fire at an illicitly operated plastic factory in the Bawana Industrial Area of outer Delhi claimed the lives of two individuals and left four others injured on Wednesday evening, as reported by informed police sources. Following the incident, the factory owner was promptly apprehended.
Authorities are still working to determine the cause of the explosion.
Delhi Fire Services (DFS) officials received a report of the factory fire at 4:45 pm and promptly dispatched six fire tenders to the scene. “At 5:10 pm, a blast occurred in the same factory during the process of converting plastic cigarette lighters scrap into granules. In total, six individuals sustained severe injuries in the explosion. All were transported to MV Hospital, where two were pronounced dead by medical personnel. The other four, who suffered injuries, are currently under observation,” revealed an anonymous DFS officer.
The Bawana police station received a call from the police control room at 4:43 pm regarding the factory fire. “Upon receiving the call, fire tenders, ambulances, and police personnel rushed to the scene. An initial inquiry revealed that the factory was engaged in purchasing empty plastic cigarette lighters and grinding them into pieces. All the victims were daily wage laborers at the factory. The factory owner has been detained and is currently undergoing questioning,” explained Deputy Superintendent of Police (Outer North) Ravi Kumar Singh.
According to law enforcement, the factory was operating without a valid license.
The deceased have been identified as Harveer Singh and Asok Kumar, both hailing from Etah in Uttar Pradesh. “The injured individuals have been identified as Sanjeev Kumar from Agra (UP), and Sonu Shrivastav and Usha Devi from Delhi. The fourth injured person, who suffered 60% burns and is in critical condition, has been identified as Bhanu Singh from Etah,” stated DCP Singh.