At least nine people died and 10 injured after a massive fire broke out in a cloth godown in Delhi’s Kirari at around 12:30 am. The fire has been doused and the injured have been admitted to hospital. The fire was brought under control by 3.50 am, a Delhi fire service official said
The godown is located in the lower part of the four-storeyed building. The victims were admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and other nearby hospitals.
The deceased have been identified as Ram Chandra Jha (65), Sudariya Devi (58), Sanju Jha (36), and Uday Chaudhary (33) and his wife Muskan (26), their children Anjali (10), Adarsh (seven) and Tulsi (six months). The three persons who have been rescued by the officials were identified as Pooja (24) and her daughters Aaradhya (three) and Saumya (10).
No fire safety equipment was found in the building. An official said that a cylinder blast on the second floor led to the partial collapse of the building. However, the cause behind the fire was being investigated.
Pooja's husband Amarnath Jha -- the owner of the building -- was in Haridwar at the time of the incident. Further investigations were underway.
Earlier this month, 43 people had lost their lives in a major fire tragedy at Anaj Mandi factory in Delhi.