At least 10 women and seven men were charred to death in a fire that broke out in a firecracker unit in outer Delhi's Bawana industrial area on Saturday evening, firefighters said. "The fire had broken out from the basement of the factory and eventually spread to the ground floor and the upper floors", he was quoted by Indian Express. The fire was doused after three hours. The situation is now under control, said an official. "The highrise buildings are our main concern as such a fire can affect neighbouring buildings, which has happened in this case as well", said Delhi Fire Services chief G C Mishra.
In a tweet, another minister of Delhi, Satyender Jain, tweeted: "Learnt about a serious fire incident in a private factory at Bawana".
"Saddened at the loss of 17 lives in the Bawana cracker factory fire".
An official from fire department of Delhi reportedly confirmed that they removed nine bodies so far and fire started in basement of the building spreading upwards within no time.
However, Delhi Police put the number of casualties in the incident at 4. "Condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and I pray for speedy recovery to the ones who are injured", he said on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into the fire incident.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain also visited the site and met the two survivors at the hospital. "May those who are injured recover quickly", Modi said in a tweet on Saturday. "Several casualties reported. Monitoring the situation.Ordered enquiry". "Some of the victims were sitting or lying on the floor close to each other", chief fire officer Atul Garg said.